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VMware Converter: How to Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines
Virtual Machine Manager supports conversion of physical machines with the following operating systems:
1. On the Actions pane in any view in the Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console, click Convert physical server to open the Convert Physical Server Wizard.
2. On the Select Source page, configure the following options:
On the System Information tab, you can review the resulting information, such as operating system version, hard drives, and network adapters.
5. On the Conversion Information page, do one of the following:
Each issue in the list explains how to resolve the issue. After resolving all issues, click Check Again to check for additional issues. When no issues are detected, click Next to proceed.
6. On the Volume Configuration page, review the lists of all volumes that the wizard lists and determine whether you want to make any changes:
8. On the Select Path page, accept the default path on the host to which to save files associated with this virtual machine, or click Browse to specify a different path. The default path is as follows:
<C>:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Shared Virtual Machines\
If you select a path other than the default path and want to store other virtual machines on that path, select Add this path to the list of host default paths. For information about configuring default virtual machine paths, see How to Set Placement Options for a Host.
9. On the Additional Properties page, accept the default settings or modify these settings as described in How to Configure Virtual Server Actions for a Virtual Machine.
10. On the Summary page, do the following:
Re: VMware Converter: How to Convert Physical Machines to Virtual Machines
If you do not want to do that manually there is another tool for the same. It is called as VMConvertor. VMware Converter 3.0 is a free program distributed by VMware, which easily allows to create VMware images (to use with their player) from an existing real machine or (and this is interresting), from a converting images Microsoft Virtual PC or Virtual Server, Norton Ghost disk imaging or Symantec Backup Exec LiveState Recover
What VMware Converter can do :
Last step: When the procedure is completed 100%, you have two options:
Options 1: If you intend to turn off the physical machine that you just clone, turn off, log on VMware Infrastructure and Virtual Center, and turn your new virtual machine.
Option 2: If you plan to keep the physical machine, this procedure is not yet complete, follow the steps below to eliminate the duplication of IP address and SSID of the account on your machine:
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