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Turning a Physical Machine into a Virtual Machine

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This morning my work laptop died a horrible and painful death. Suffice it to say that burning smell was not the smell of bacon on the pan but rather my poor work laptop melting internally.

Luckily, I was able to pull out the hard drive and plug it in elsewhere to ensure that I hadn’t lost any hard drive data. What little fortune I had today was in discovering that the hard disk itself was fine.

This left me with a dead computer, a good hard drive, and no way to run the drive.

CaptureEnter P2V. Using WinImage or any other tool that can convert a drive into a .VHD file, I managed to create an image of my notebook’s drive into a standard VHD.

At this point you may have read about HAL issues when using the VHD, blue screens and other horrific stuff. I was able to ignore all of these issues simply by creating a virtual machine in VirtualBox (not VMWare, Virtual Server or Hyper-V). VirtualBox now supports VHDs, so it’s simply a matter of creating a new VM, and using your VHD as an existing drive.

I was able to boot up without problems, and Windows 7 in the VM automatically downloaded all the new drivers I needed (such as the VM audio card, network card, etc.). Installing virtual additions also works. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

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November 11th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

Windows and Linux Seamlessly

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Look ma, two OSes, one Desktop (and I ain’t talking Cygwin cheese either…):


Yes yes… I know you’re scared… let the VM frenzy begin!

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September 30th, 2009 at 7:35 am

VMWare Server 2.0 Beta…kinda

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The new VMWare Server 2.0 is out on public beta, you can register at VMWare for a free serial for any platform it supports. One of the supposed great new features is exactly my gripe with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2: it is only accessible via a web interface.

Yes that’s right gentlefolks, it actually installs an Apache Tomcat server. The interface is pretty sleek, but there was a noticeable lag in loading compared with VMWare Server 1.x.

Vista host seems OK, and it does support network bridging (finally!). I couldn’t get it to power on VMs on bootup using an XP host. Kinda annoying. It also uses a new format to store VM configuration settings and disk storage, but still supports all the other VMWare formats.

Apart from the improved 64bit support for host and guests, and improved Vista host support, having to load up a web browser to access a web server that’s purely dedicated to hosting web pages configuring your LAN virtual machines is a total harpoon up the arse. I think I’ll stay with 1.x for now.

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December 5th, 2007 at 11:38 pm