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Bare HDD with a system to VmWare virtual machine?

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I need to convert a HDD with two partitions and a system on it, into a Virtual machine.

Thanks a lot!
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by:Joshua Grantom
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We need a little more info. What version of VMWare are you wanting to use with it? Is it ESXi or the Free Hypservisor?

If so read this
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by:mrmut
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OK, so I have a died Windows XP server machine. I have a functioning HDD with two partitions, that I would need to convert to run on either VMware Workstation or Player for disaster recovery.

Tried backing up with Acronis True Image 2013 to find out that Converter can't convert those TIB-s into working machines.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Tried backing up with Acronis True Image 2013 to find out that Converter can't convert those TIB-s into working machines.

I can confirm this no longer works, because Acronis changed the format in 2009, and VMware have never changed Converter to read the new format!

The following will work....

Symantec System Recovery 2013 Trial (free download)
http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/new-symantec-system-recovery-2013-out-now

Create an image of the Windows XP machine.

and then use the image with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

This will create a native VMware Virutal Machine....however, if the Windows XP machine uses an OEM license, e.g. it was supplied with the computer, it's not retail, your VM is likely to need Activating with a Retail or Volume Product Key.

see my EE Articles

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
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This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

 
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Joshua Grantom earned 250 total points
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1. Use Disk2VHD to convert the HDD to a VHD.
   
2. Use WinImage tool to convert VHD to VDMK

3. Install VMware and use that vdmk file: How to open a VDMK file with VMWare
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by:mrmut
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Thanks a lot! :-)

Does Norton have a bootable CD thingie?
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by:mrmut
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This article(s) you wrote deserve a "Sysadmin Helper Gold Prize" - I just invented this, but that is how I feel now.

WOW!!
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This article(s) you wrote deserve a "Sysadmin Helper Gold Prize" - I just invented this, but that is how I feel now.

WOW!!

Thanks, I've got lots more Articles......

Thanks for your kinds words! that's gone down in my Quote List!

"Sysadmin Helper Gold Prize" !!!


Norton does not have a bootable CD thingie?

But it's quick install on a Windows computer, connect the HDD to the Helpder machine, Image it, and your done, almost....
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by:mrmut
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I would like to point out something - The solution by Joshua G is a perfect. It works, and is usable.

However, the two articles with virtual-machine resources by the Andrew Hancock is a stunning compilation of usable virtualization information for a real-life sysadmin. Phenomenal!
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by:Joshua Grantom
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Thanks mrmut! Quick and to the point is my style :)
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by:mrmut
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:-)

I just made myself a selection of articles for reading for the evening relaxation!
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@mrmut Make sure you vote Yes!

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