jem1662
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How do you specify ghost image?

How do you specify ghost image in converter?

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jem1662
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Thank You. Then Acronis would propably make more sense. I had many issues wih Ghost and never with Acronis Products. This is just my opinion.

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Dave_Parker
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Folks this one too has been bugging me, but I think I have a work around.

I have used ghost cast from god know when for backing machines on staff depatures, and then for re-imaging machines of a similar spec. I ran into issues on a previous site when the cpu standard, wasnt.

After a bit of messing around, I got the RIS image side to work, and use the same F12/PXE boot to both deploy RIS images, as well as use the ghost cast to back up machines.

So, here am I, been given a project to convert old servers that have been stored in .gho format, and make them into a VM with the tools available.

So here are my current steps.

1. In VMServer, create a sample image, say w2k3, 30gb hdd. (pre-allocate the disk)

2. Use ghost-cast to set the image as restore

3. Boot sample image, with F12, use ghost cast to restore this image into the VM..

4. When the restore finishes, DO NOT REBOOT INTO IT!. good old Stop 0x7f, inaccessable boot disk.

5. Run the VMware Convertor, with a sysprep file, this will create a another vm file to work with

6. Open the newer clone of the restore in VM, do the MS Activate (if required)

You might need some little tweaking, but in all you have the .gho image into a vm, and its working 🐵

Regards

Dave

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pdoherty972
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Hmm. When you create the Ghost image, don't include any utility partition, if any. Perhaps just the boot partition. If you still have problems, you'll want to start a new thread (for a new topic) and include the converter logs.

And at least we have a Converter product. Does MS have a P2V converter? And what about the Linux guys?

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As a matter of fact, they do...

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/evaluation/vsmt.mspx

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asatoran
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Thanks for the link.

I tried it and a major difference between VSMT and VMWare's P2V products is that VSMT is for Virtual Server only. (The installer won't go unless you have Virtual Server 2005.) So no conversions for VirtualPC. And it must be installed on Windows 2003. Can't use your workstation to do a standalone conversion. I still am trying to figure out if VSMT does image conversion. (V2V) Doesn't look like it. Seems MS followed their philosophy of doing automated scripted installs instead of cloning/imaging systems.

I guess it's better than nothing for the MS Virtual Server crowd. Smiley Wink

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gautam
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Folks this one too has been bugging me, but I think I

have a work around.

I have used ghost cast from god know when for backing

machines on staff depatures, and then for re-imaging

machines of a similar spec. I ran into issues on a

previous site when the cpu standard, wasnt.

After a bit of messing around, I got the RIS image

side to work, and use the same F12/PXE boot to both

deploy RIS images, as well as use the ghost cast to

back up machines.

So, here am I, been given a project to convert old

servers that have been stored in .gho format, and

make them into a VM with the tools available.

So here are my current steps.

1. In VMServer, create a sample image, say w2k3, 30gb

hdd. (pre-allocate the disk)

2. Use ghost-cast to set the image as restore

3. Boot sample image, with F12, use ghost cast to

restore this image into the VM..

4. When the restore finishes, DO NOT REBOOT INTO IT!.

good old Stop 0x7f, inaccessable boot disk.

5. Run the VMware Convertor, with a sysprep file,

this will create a another vm file to work with

6. Open the newer clone of the restore in VM, do the

MS Activate (if required)

You might need some little tweaking, but in all you

have the .gho image into a vm, and its working 🐵

Regards

Dave

After step 3, just run the Configure Virtual Machine wizard (you don't need sysprep, unless you want to cusomize network settings etc.)

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