VMware Server Version 2.0.2 importing physical computer

Posted on 2010-01-12
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How do I import physical computer (eg. Windows XP or Server) to VMware Server Version 2.0 ?

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Register to download the free converter from vmware at http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
You can P2V locally or remotely
Or you can use and disk imaging tool like Storagecraft Shadow Protect, Acronis True Image or Symantec Ghost to create disk image of your physical server then convert the resulting image to VM using vmware converter
Take note its recommended to stop/disable physical hardware related services prior to P2V
You cant afford downtime, you can disable the services before converting disk image to VM, you will have the option to do so in the vmware converter
The most reliable method of P2V is cold cloning via the bootable vmware converter(physical needs to be down)

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