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Shamal_chalil1
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What is the best way to convert Linux physical machine in to VM

Dear All

I need to convert one of the linux machine to vm. I have tried using vm converter but it got fail in 1%.

Please let me know if there is any easy way to convert linux machines to VM.

Regards

Shamal

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AndreTheGiant
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The easy way is use the Converter or 3rd part converters.

Check the documentation to see the suggested step.

The hard way (that could be easy for a Linux geek) is clone the disk or the disk content and then fix the boot loader and the device drivers (at least the storage and network device drivers).

Andre

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melwong78
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You may use Clonezilla to clone the Linux physical machine to an image file.

Then create a new linux VM and select boot from that image and keep your fingers crossed.

My 2 cents.

Best Regards,

Melvin

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bulletprooffool
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Shamal,

We had a recent project to P2V about 350 machiones.

in the end, we did all Windows hosts with VMWare converter and went with PlateSpin for the Linux VMs (had a far higher success rate)

good luck and feed back please

One day I will virtualise myself . . .
Shamal_chalil1
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Hi..

Thank you for you advice.. I will try with plates spin and come back..

Regards

Shamal

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Shamal_chalil1
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Hi thanks once again for your information..

Please if you can let me know what is the procedure to migrate to Linux server using platesspin ..

Do I need to create seperate migration server ?? 

Regards

Shamal

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bulletprooffool
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Hi Shamal - deatils posted here:

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1752412#1752412

It is a relatively simple tool to use.

Once you have installed it on a server, you will need to access the console.

From the console, find the 'discover' option and run discoveries of both your Linux host and the ESX that you plan to migrate.


You will need to use root credentials for both of these hosts (and also have SSH enabled for the root account to make it work)

Once you have 'discovered' the source (linux host) and destination (ESX host), find the option to 'Move workload'

This should start a wizard.

The  wizard is pretty good - the only things to watch out for are that you  will need to provide source and destination 'take' addresses. These are  temp IPs on the subnets of the hosts that will be allocated to your  Linux host during the migration process.

The migration is done by rebooting the server to an alternative, reduced OS that will manage the copy / move of the VM.

No client is required on the Linux host - just root SSH access and some downtime.

Good luck

One day I will virtualise myself . . .
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