I have a production XP Pro Laptop, that I am looking to create a virtual machine for.
Here is what I would like to do; I would like to have my laptop become a "virtual" dual OS machine running XP Pro (or windows 7 down the road) and Linux (Ubuntu). I would like to be able to fast switch between OS and run both simultaneously when needed or desired.
I have a copy of VMWare VSphere, but is there a way to do this where I don't have to wipe my laptop clean and lose my XP Pro installation? OR, is there a way, that I can take an image of my XP Pro machine, say with Acronis, load VSphere, and then re-load the XP Pro image restore back?
Is there anything special I will need to do with Ubuntu?