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Date:      Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:28:53 +0000
From:      James Seward <jamesoff@gmail.com>
To:        DAve <dave.list@pixelhammer.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Importing into VMWare Workstation 6.5
Message-ID:  <720051dc0901160828s6af95010o730c97cdfb9b84fe@mail.gmail.com>
In-Reply-To: <4970B170.5050302@pixelhammer.com>
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On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:10 PM, DAve <dave.list@pixelhammer.com> wrote:
> While I have not tried it, it claims it can make a vmdk from a physical
> server. I have used it to move virtualized FreeBSD installs from one vmware
> server to another.
>
> http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/overview.html

I can't remember why I didn't use this when I last did P2V on a
FreeBSD box, but I ended up just creating a VM with a new vmdk of the
correct size and then using dd over nc to copy the disk from the
physical machine, which worked fine too. An important gotcha is if the
host is IDE but you create your VM with SCSI disks (e.g. for ESX) and
the disk devices change name :)

/JMS



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