"Cold" P to V with VMWare converter

Posted on 2013-05-15
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Last Modified: 2013-05-30
I have a server that I can't P to V using the "warm" method. I was told I could do it either powered off (which I can't see can be possibly done) or boot up using a utility. Can anyone tell what is the proper way to perform a "cold" P to V.
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by:Haresh Nikumbh
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Thanks to BestWay,

we already have article available for cold migration

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1500 total points
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You need to obtain the coldclone.iso from VMware, which is available only to Enterprise VMware Licenses.

I also believe this has now been retired. (in favour of using a Hot P2V). The coldlone.iso was very old, circa version 3.0.3, and was never updated to support new Operating Systems, AND only available to Enterprise Licensed Customers. I think it has been since removed from the VMware Website as a download.

You could role your own coldclone.iso using the details here:-


see also here

Cold cloning without the Enterprise VMware Converter Boot ISO

Do you have access to the VMware coldclone.iso ?

Why can't you do it Live?

Pay special attention to my first article, which shows how you can P2V (V2V a computer, and use the Schedule function later to replicate ALL changes, which occured since the first P2V, and failover/cutover to the new VM, with ALL changes!

see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
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by:Nagendra Pratap Singh
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What is the server OS?

What is the product(s) installed on it?
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