jwest1
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VtoP: Creating an sysprep image of a 64-bit W2K3 server using HP Altiris or Ghost

Does anyone have any recommendation on how best to create an image of my Windows 2K3 64-bit vm using a 3rd party imaging tool? I am having trouble connecting to the our non-full blown HP Altiris or Ghost Server to capture the disk image. Does anyone have recommendations? I have booted into a WinPE boot iso and have the Ghost32 dos client loaded. The VM NIC is not grabbing a DHCP lease though, but the NIC card is being properly identified as an Intel 1000/Pro NIC. I have sysprepped the vm using the 64 bit version.

Any help is appreciated.

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bradley4681
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You can attach a USB drive and dump the image using ghost but it'll be slow because ghost only has usb 1.1 drivers. if you create a bartpe disk, or put ghost in winpe you can load usb 2.0 drives and then dump the image quicker.

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Bradley Sessions

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jwest1
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Hmm, good to know. Thanks.

We eventually were able to insert the vmnic drivers into the WinPE image and capture an image using imagex up to a network share. We'll see how a WIM image compares to Ghost. Ghost may be a better route since it does a sector by sector copy. I am not sure how imagex goes about its captures but from the limited about of MS blurbs and docs I've read on it - it only seems to capture Windows images. Could be wrong here though...

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jitendrakmr
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If its a VM then why are you taking disk images using ghost? You can export vmdk files using vmkfstools command Or you can also create a clone of vm and can keep it.

If you are looking for virtual to physical migration then Platespin PowerConvert is the best tool to use.

Jitendra Kumar

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bradley4681
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imagex does a file-base copy

have you tried using vmware convertor to capture you machines? i've had great success using it for live migrations into a virtual machine. it also has a boot disk that could be used.

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Bradley Sessions

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