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have a client that uses a windows xp pro pc with a product named winconenct on it. winconenct is like a psuedo windows terminal server.

this is on an old piece of hardware.

what i would like to do is take an image of that PC and take that image and run a  virtualized session of it on one of the windows 2008 r2 servers they have. this way totally non dependent of that old hw any longer and on a platform that gets image back ups..

what i need to know is products to use to do the image of the pc, assuming a clonezilla is ok but not sure and what hypervisor to run on the windows server to run a windows xp session virtualized on it.

not really my wheelhouse, just know where i need to go, need products and direction on how to get there.
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Well there is a handful of software which can create a P2V (physical to virtual) copy.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

and you could use VMware Player for Windows all for FREE!

VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

OR, you can use  alternative software package. I can recommend the following software tools.

a). Paragon Virtualization Manager

b). Acronis Backup and Recovery with Universal Restore

c), NetIQ Platespin Migrate

d). Shadow Protect Server Edition

and then restore your Image Backup to Any Hypervisor!

Just a note, is the Windows XP License OEM, e.g. XP was purchased with the hardware?

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html
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