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Alternative tool to convert physical server to VHD

I used SCVMM 2012 but it's an overkill, I sued disk2vhd but it has limitations. It creates only dynamic disks and I cannot specify to create separate VHDs for each volume even if it's on the same disk. Unless I run separate conversion for each volume but then I end up with a raw image of the other volume in each partition.

Also, when I then try to use VHDresier tool (http://vmtoolkit.com/) it says it's an invalid VHD file and I can't easilu shrink it and convert to fixed disk

Any suggestions would be apreciated
VirtualizationWindows Server 2008

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

VMware Converter to VMDK

Starwind VMDK to VHD

all for free

Try this:

Use VMware Converter to create VMDKs and then convert to VHDs using this tool:



is there a paid tool that can do all the magic easily?
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SCVMM which you already experienced.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

NetIQ Platespin Migrate is what we use.

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I'm running a test conversion of a 99GB drive and trying to create a fixed drive of 60GB as there is only 30GB of data on that disk so I don't want the VHd to be 90 but 60GB the file created is already 99GB? Any idea how to make it 60GB?
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the demo version is so limited, hard to test the software

You can always ask them to give you full version for testing.
As for the previous question - on the page where you select the interface of target virtual disk (IDE or SCSI) there find a small button right after IDE - press it and the resize screen will open. There make the result drive size smaller.