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.
- Large scale server consolidation projects.
- Centralized management of multiple simultaneous conversions.
- Hot cloning (convert physical machines while still running They Are)
- Cold cloning (using a BootCD)
- Multiple simultaneous conversions
- Local conversions
- Remote conversion
There are two versions of 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:
- Insert the CD into the server and restart cloning.
- In the menu that appears you enter the server IP and configure XEN ssh connection (username and password) and say that XEN server remote folder you need to stop image
- You can go for a coffee while sending the clone ssh. Well, it's going to take a while, the better you take your coffee and go back to work, you will definitely have things to do :-)
- You see, the process is simple.
- Once complete, the XEN server folder that is configured, you'll see two files:
- An image in IMG format
- Xml configuration file
- I often left with the image file and I load the XML.