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Date:      Fri, 16 Jan 2009 11:22:56 -0500
From:      Steve Polyack <korvus@comcast.net>
To:        DAve <dave.list@pixelhammer.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Importing into VMWare Workstation 6.5
Message-ID:  <4970B460.1030903@comcast.net>
In-Reply-To: <4970B170.5050302@pixelhammer.com>
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DAve 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
>
> DAve
>

VMware Converter on supports "source physical machines running 64-bit 
Windows XP/2003, WinNT SP4+, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003".  
If you want to convert a FreeBSD machine, it's going to take some 
additional work.

There is probably a simpler way, but one option is to:
* Put the disk in a machine running VMWare Server
* Create a VM with both access to the physical disk and an appropriately 
sized virtual disk
* Boot a hard drive cloning ISO such as G4U inside the virtual machine
* Clone the "physical disk" to the VM's virtual disk
* Reconfigure the VM to use only the virtual disk; it should boot just fine
* Ship off the contents of the VM folder to your friend.



-Steve Polyack



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