I have used Ghost 8.5 and version 7.0. I have also used Altris. Both of them works great. If you get version 9.0 working there are some work arounds once you try to run the p2v assistant against. I hope this helps.
I have successfully used
Symantec Ghost 9.0
Drive Image Pro 7...
Admittedly, all my NT4 P2V's have been with SP6a installed...
My fav method is a BartPE boot disk with Ghost 8.0.
I simply map to a network drive, dump my Ghost image from the NT4 box.
Boot my target VM with the BartPE disk again (iso image) and copy the ghost image onto the VM.
Unplug VM's hard drive, plug into NT4 Helper and reconfigure with P2V.
Then reconnect the hard drive to the VM, and spend hours trying to uninstall beeping Symantec PCAnywhere whichs all our NT4 boxes have. Grrr....
Acronis True image has worked very well with NT4..
i agree with michael
for me: the "cooles" thing is: you dont need to install a "cloning client" into the OS or create a new floppy for each server.
my pe-p2v-cd has all the important scsi/array-drivers and nic drivers installed
this means i can boot it on nearly every system.
PE is such a great TOOL !, thanks BART
Could someone quickly explain how I create a .vmdk file out of a ghost file. Do I just convert it using P2V?
Scrosby, you would need to boot a VM with an empty hard disk, with a ghost boot disk. Then ghost the image onto the hard disk, disconnect and attach to your Helper machine.
Then run the P2V, disconnect the hard drive and re-attach to the original Virtual Machine.
Better yet - create a helper VM - say XP pro. Attach a 2nd HD to it the size that you want your new VM to be. Download BartPE. You will use this both on the NT4 server and the helper VM. If you search, you can find one already created that has everything you need. (Ghost, etc) We did this and it worked great! (Don't worry guys, we own Ghost Corporate, we just let someone else create the BartPE disk for us)
Boot the NT4 using one BartPE CD. Make an ISO of this CD that you can attach to your helper VM. When you attach it, bart will run inside of WinXP. Run Ghost on BOTH the server (to be cloned) and the helper. If you are familiar with ghost, use the peer to peer method over IP. This way you save a step. Clone your disk from the server to the disk you added on the helper. When the clone is over, reboot the helper. Make sure you initialize the drive in XP so P2V can use it. Run P2V on the helper PC and follow the directions - make sure you choose the drive you cloned to. After P2V works its magic, shut down the helper, disconnect the drive, create your new VM using that .vmdk file. Piece of cake. We have been successful with this method everytime.
I've moved about 40 Windows NT 4.0 from sp1 to sp6 with Acronis True image every time. Doesn't mean we having had a few hickups along the way, but it's been 100% in the end.