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convert xen into vmware image ?

Posted on 2010-11-27
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Hi,

I've a debian linux runnig on a xen server (v3.3) and I want to convert it to ESXi image?
How can I do it?

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Hi hanccok

I saw this URL, but I see it to complicated because I don't own the xen server.. maybe I need something easier, like  converter or other way to avoid large downtime on the xen-server.
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Another product you could try is Platespin Migrate, it's supports Xen to ESXi, but you'll need to purchase it, or blag an evaluation!
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you could try coldclone iso or VMware Convertor, but I'm not sure how they would get on or understand you Debian Linux server.
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Luciano Patrão earned 500 total points
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Hi

You can use VMware BootCD to convert any type of system.

VMware BootCD is not a free tool, so you need to have a VMware Essentials license to donwload this tool.

Check here:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1026714

Howto convert:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1005298

Also you can use the vConverter to convert this(never done this), but you need to install the Linux product.

http://www.vladan.fr/how-to-p2v-linux-into-vmware-esx-server/

You can also try to do this manualy. This is an article howto(this is more difficult)
http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-convert-a-xen-virtual-machine-to-vmware

After the conversion, you may need to make some changes on that Linux Server.
Like I said I never done this with this type of conversion, so if you have no boot, make some changes.
Check this:
http://www.petri.co.il/physical-to-virtual-conversion-of-linux-servers-with-vmware-converter-bootcd.htm

Maybe you not need this last part. But if you need, that is a good article to use as a post conversion.

Hope this can help you

Jail
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