Monday, June 22, 2009

P2V using BartPE

This seems to be very cool... I'll need to play with this and report back on how it works. I have a “couple hundred” physical servers that I need to virtualize.

“Ultimate-P2V (fix-vmscsi) is a free plug-in that allows you to clone a physical machine to virtual machine - and perform the neccessary “system reconfiguration” required to make it bootable. Without this tool or a commerical P2V tool the virtual machine would just give a “blue screen of death”

This document outlines how to configure a BartPE Boot-CD with the appropriate drivers and plug-ins to perform the P2V. We use Symantec Ghost 8 merely as an example of a disk cloning tool - but really any cloning software (with a supported plug-in) would work just as well.

The guide walks you through a completely manual creation of these plug-ins and drivers. The intention is allow you to configure a BartPE with the lastest drivers if you so wish. Alternatively, you can use the pre-configured plug-ins below.”
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