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Physical to Virtual Conversion of Linux Servers with VMware Converter BootCD
VMware Converter VMware technology that converts a physical or virtual machine into another virtual machine. VMware Converter will load after the import into the architecture of your company and VMware to host a server on ESX / ESXi or other office products such as VMware Workstation or Fusion.
Use the intuitive wizard-driven interface of VMware Converter to convert your physical machines to virtual machines. VMware Converter Quickly convert Microsoft Windows based physical machines and image formats in real property to VMware virtual machines. It Also Converts Between VMware virtual machine platforms.
Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as Conversion Between virtual machine formats with VMware Converter. Automate and simplify physical to virtual machine conversions as well as "Conversion Between virtual machine formats with VMware Converter.
VMware Converter Standalone, we will present in this article, can convert a physical machine or virtual hot (operating) and import it into a product as Datacenter Server and ESX, ESXi and vCenter or a Desktop Product .
Plug-in VMware Converter, which can be integrated with VMware vCenter, also allows the conversion to hot & Datacenter Server products but also the conversion to cold through a BootCD. It has additional functions related to VMware Infrastructure or vSphere 4. It is controlled using VMware Infrastructure Client or Client vSphere.
This software dedicated to virtualization on server machines were already available for free in its beta test. The gratuity is finally retained for the final version. VMware hopes to attract users to the paid version of its software: ESX Server. The difference between the two products lies in the operating system. VMware Server does require a host operating system to operate, while ESX Server can do without.
As a reminder, VMware Server provides, like its competitors, to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single physical machine through virtualization technology. VMware Server runs on any machine with a processor x86 supports 64-bit instructions. VMware runs on Linux, Windows, Netware and Solaris. The dual-processor machines are also supported.
Converting a physical server to Linux virtual server
I used to virtualize the old Linux server that you have to work
Imagine you have installed a Linux server for some time that interests you virtualize, but you have software installed that would be problematic to install again. One option you have is to virtualize the physical server. I've used for that tool Virt-P2V and XEN I managed to migrate to Linux servers without some old problems.
Virt-P2V is a Live CD, and these are the steps:
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Linux P2V-convert to Hyper-V
I was interested in the possibility of P2V-converting physical machines with Linux on board, by SCVMM 2008 R2. Of course, directly by SCVMM this operation to fail, it is contrary to party policy, even though all the vaunted postulates interoperability. A real opportunity P2V-converting physical machines declared solely at Vmware, and only with restrictions. As the supported systems appear all the same enterprise solutions from SUSE and RedHat. As a nice addition, supported by Ubuntu 8.x and above.
Theoretically, SCVMM can convert a standard virtual machine vmware, but supported as usual only the OS family of Windows. Converts as it can from its own library of virtual machines, and the server ESX. Since the ESX server at hand was not, but to deploy it was not on anything, had to choose the option file conversion.
As a separate joy, I want to mention that the 4-th version of Vmware Converter for Linux P2V conversions, as an endpoint requires an extremely ESX server and not the other way. Therefore it was necessary to use the previous version in the mode of the boot disk. Only with such tricks, I was able to remove the cast system in a format Vmware Workstation 5.0 and add it to the repository server SCVMM.
After this, the server will be able to find our SCVMM virtual machine in the depths of its own library and mark it as unknown, the standard ESX Server (even though she and Workstation 5.0 and higher).
Next, choose the hypervisor, which we will try to add a new virtual machine. In my case, a cluster of two machines, and the default virtual platform will create a fault-tolerant.
However, in the process of conversion, my hopes for a successful outcome began to melt. Rained down on service errors \ agent BITS, which supposedly is not running or is not available on a hypervisor. Oddly enough, given that the physical machines are converted correctly. It's also unclear why you need to 90Gb on a virtual machine, which totally takes only 9Gb.
After you disable firewalls on all machines, and several failed attempts to repeat the operation, I use a special analyzer VMMCA (System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer), but its use is not found any faults, and incorrect settings.
At this point I decided to end attempts to convert P2V a Linux machine, at least until the appearance of a hand car with ESXi or adequate tool from Microsoft. After all this tinkering, I began to guess why the network there is no comprehensible descriptions of Linux P2V to Hyper-V.
Convert a physical PC Linux (redhat) in VMware (P2V)
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Linux P2V Physical to Virtual - Converting a physical server into a virtual (Remote)
Unfortunately, VMware has not yet released a converter p2v (physical to virtual machine to machine) worthy of that for the Windows platform. But we already have Linux by default all the tools to make a perfect copy of a disk on the network. To do this we need only two simple applications: dd and netcat.
For simplicity we will call Master (ip: 10.0.0.1) the physical machine and the virtual slave (ip: 10.0.0.2).
NB2 replace / dev / sda with the hard right. A fdisk-l can solve your doubts
Master: Here are three alternatives for preparing the copy:
Ok now open a terminal and type:
The p2v may fail if:
From VMware to XEN
At the beginning we said that something had with VMWare. A couple of years ago we installed the free version of VMWare Server on a debian, and we had a couple of virtual machines working in that facility. XEN is easy to migrate.
The first thing we do is to install qemu on VMWare server (physical machine Linux debian)
Migrating physical machines or virtual machines (reconfiguration) with VMware Converter vCenter involves cloning the source machine and export the image or clone your target server.
Virtual machines can convert different formats VMware (Server, workstation, HyperV, Microsoft Virtual Server, image) vSphere VMware ESX / ESXi.
vCenter Converter supports two types of cloning: clones clones based on records and based on volumes. The clone disk mode is only supported for conversions in the cold (cold cloning). This method transfers all sectors of the disk and maintains the metadata for all the volumes that we are cloning. This method also supports all disk drives, both dynamic and basic.
The volume clone mode is supported in conversions in cold and hot. Fault-tolerant disks in Windows NT are not supported.
A standalone version of Converter vCenter which has similar functionality to the integrated version in vCenter Server (shown in the video today)
The operating system on which Converter vCenter installed will determine which virtual machines will be able to be imported, exported and reconfigured. In other words, if you install Windows XP vCenter Converter can only convert physical machines with Windows XP.
The wizard Import Machine is only available if you installed the plug-in Converter vCenter in vSphere client.
Turning our physical server into virtual machine
To do this we will use the utility XenConvert 2.1, fresh from the oven, using the P2V process "Physical to Virtual Conversion" convert our physical server into a virtual machine.
Without doubt the best of the new features of this new version is the ability to convert and resize multiple volumes. You can see the features on this url:
If your physical server is Windows:
Will resume our physical server and boot from the XenServer installation CD.
When you exit the menu Welcome to XenServer we move through the options with the tab and select with the spacebar.
Problems with P2V
There are many P2V with VMware Converter lately I've been doing in recent months. And while most of P2V migrations with VMware Converter did not give any problems, some of these conversions did not come to fruition. I thought you would have the best practices for troubleshooting with VMware Converter P2V migrations.
VMware Converter P2V migrations 4.0 supports Linux machines
At last we have a migration tool from physical to virtual (P2V) supported Linux machines, specifically the next VMware Converter 4.0 will have support for Red Hat, SuSe and Ubuntu. You can subscribe to the beta program for the migration tool, Converter 4.0 from the official site. For users who buy VMware ESX Enterprise edition, were found with embedded Converter VirtualCenter 4.0. For those who do not purchase the Enterprise license, will have the option of using stand-alone version Converter 3.0.3.
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