4 Replies Latest reply on May 29, 2008 9:45 PM by azn2kew

    p2v a linux machine

    timcwhite Enthusiast


      Good morning,



      Has anyone ever converted a pysical Linux machine into a virtual machine? If so what tool did you use?












        • 1. Re: p2v a linux machine
          Troy Clavell Guru


          I've only successfully done 1 cold P>V Migration of Linux using VMware converter.  Support is experimental and may or my not be successful for you.



          There are third party utilities out there such as PlateSpin and LeoStream that may work a little better.






          hope this helps.



          • 2. Re: p2v a linux machine
            philvirt Hot Shot

            Experimental support only is available for Linux-based physical to virtual machine conversions using the Vmware Converter BootCD (cold cloning) if the source physical machine has SCSI disks.







            • 3. Re: p2v a linux machine
              donikatz Hot Shot

              I've done a few cold with VMware Converter 3.x. Note that VMware Converter won't yet resize Linux disks/volumes, so to reduce their size I use KNOPPIX with gparted and dd to resize the original partitions and copy them to new VMDK(s) with smaller partitions defined. Then reinstall the boot loader (grub) with a rescue disk and away we go. To grow rather than shrink the fs on boot vol, I'll use KNOPPIX and resize2fs. After much research on these boards (lots of threads on this), I decided this was the best approach for my needs. If I had a large qty of Linux boxes that would need resizing, I'd be more inclined to look at a pricey 3rd-party option (although none are just click and go like Windows).

              • 4. Re: p2v a linux machine
                azn2kew Champion

                You can check out Transitive Quick Migration tool which is specialize to P2V Solaris/Linux/SPARC systems nicely fit into ESX farm.


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