VMWare to desktop images

How can I make an image in vmware of a desktop and then convert it to a physical desktop?

So use it for imaging?

Thanks,

Jamie
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We use Acronis Backup and Recovery with the Universal Restore Option. (this is the cheapest solution).
http://www.acronis.com/backup-recovery/

We use this product to create images for clients and customers, with the correct licensing, Volume or Retail licenses, not OEM. We create the Golden Master on VMware Workstation ot vSphere, and then using Acronis Backup and Recovery, restore to the Laptop or Desktop using Universal Restore opton.

We also use Platspin Migrate which can do V2Ps.
http://www.novell.com/products/migrate/

But you can also use BartPE Ultimate P2V to create a V2P!
http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/vmware-content/ultimate-p2v/

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Jack_son_Author Commented:
Is the BartPE low cost?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
BartPE is FREE!

But you can also use BartPE Ultimate P2V to create a V2P!
http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/vmware-content/ultimate-p2v/
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
oh nice!  is it hard to use?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
BartPE Ultimate P2V (V2P)(Free), is not really for the faint at heart, because it requires registry manipulation, which Acronis does very easily for very little money!!! ($89 for Acronis!)



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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@Jack_son_
oh nice!  is it hard to use?

that depends on your level of expertise, are you familiar with merging storage adaptors into image builds? or any of the OEM Integration tools for Windows? (e.g. OEM Developersa Guides)
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netfun75Commented:
You can use "VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client" to convert from an image or PC. And It does it back as well.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@netfun75

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone performs P2V ONLY! (Physical to Virtual)


http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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shahzoorCommented:
Acronis launched an new product
read it here
even comparison is there
http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/vmprotect/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
@shahzoor:

It's not a V2P product! It's just a Backup Product, similar to Veeam Backup and Replication.
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
are there simple instructions for V2P for BartPE?  I see P2V and some other information on the site.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Firstly, You do completely the reverse, which is Image the VM to the Physical Machine, using an imaging tool, Ghost, Acronis, Drive Snapshot, Clonezillam Ghost for Linux etc

Once you have the image on the Phyiscal Machine, you use the BartPE Windows CDROM to Boot the Server, and then inject the storage controller drivers and registry changes on the physical computers hard drive.

Hence my question above?
(Acronis does this for you automatically).
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Jack_son_Author Commented:
Is Acronis easier?  How would I image from this software?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You use Acronis to image your VM, to a network share.

Boot the physical computer using the Acronis Boot CD with the Universal Restore option, specify the path to image on the network share, add the drivers for the computer the image is being restored to.

Restore Image.

Done.

Restart current computer with new OS.
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