Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Migrate Physical dev env to VMWare

Problem:  I have a laptop that boots Windows 2008 R2 and is my based SP2010 dev machine.  I need the machine to be available on a PC will additional memory using virtualisation.

Initial Hypothesis:  I could take an Acronis image of the laptop and then duel boot the the PC but it's far easier to do a P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversion and run the new image using VMWare workstation.

Resolution:
Install VMWare vCenter Converter Standalone client.  Open the VMWare converter application.
 Select "Convert Machine"
 Follow the steps as shown below:

 Finish the wizard and once the task is complete you will see the screen as shown below:
Open VMWare Workstation (V7.1 is the version I used)
Open the virtual disk created by the P2V process and you will now have you VM running inside VMWare (vmdk extension).


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