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Hi, i have a Dell server running redhat, it has vmware server installed running SBS2003.
All the clients run off the virtual server.  I want to scap this config and run purely SBS2003 on the server, no virtual sever and no linux.
Whats the best way to do this.  Worst case i could build a seperate hardrive with SBS2003 on it and copy everythign over.  Would taking an image of the virtual server and restoring it onto a fresh hdd work?  thanks in advance
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no not possible, converting VM to physical(V2P) not available and can be complicated due to many different hardware specs
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can u suggest the best way to tackle this one?
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install OS & drivers on physical machine, reinstall application, restore application config
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ok what a pain.  thanks  was hoping for a nice savvy quick fix.
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even you manage to V2P somehow, the OS cant really be stable due to platform, specs, drivers issue
in the end you spend more on troubleshooting and fixing the os rather then getting the application up & running
cheers!
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I've have successfully V2P'ed a few systems ... once even P2V then V2V then v2P ... all across different hardware. A forgiving OS like win2K3 or later helps in this effort. The issue as always is normally related to storage drivers for SCSI cards, etc ...
However, check this link out ... it may help you.
http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/index.html
 
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Oh in my case, I used BartPE with Ghost to clone the VM disk to a physical machines hard disks and then troubleshooted the Driver issues, etc ... helps if you install the SCSI drivers for your physical hardware into your VM before you do this sometimes!
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