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Method to get a physical Linux server restored as a Virtual server

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I have some Linux servers that I want to take images of for a disaster recovery site. The idea is to take an image and then convert and import it to ESXi, which I have in the DR site.
I want to take the images while the servers are online, so I don't want to have to boot them to a bootable image disc to take the images. I don't have any ESX server on the same network as the linux servers, so I can't use VMware convertor.
I see that VMWare convertor will convert a .tib file from Acronis True Image, so might give that a try. But I am thinking that I would need to boot to a bootable Acronis disc for this.
Any solution for this?
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by:ILOVEENTERPRISEDESKTOP
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Vmware Standalone Converter >remote Machine >give the ip address opf the machine and you should be good
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by:Cashbuddies
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That needs a vcenter server and ESX server though for its destination ?
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Only and ESXi server is required,

Be aware that VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, will only convert the Acronis image, if you have an older version of Acronis.

However if your version of Linux is supported, you can use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone directly.

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That still requires an ESX server in the same network as the linux servers though, which I dont have
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Closing off with no solution
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