Software solutions to transform a physical Server to a Virtual Machine
If you want to use VMware Server as fallback server for Virtual Machines orginally running on ESX 2.x servers, you encounter a small hurdle; the different disk formats. Dennis Zimmer from www.vmuser.com has written a simple convertion program to help you with this.
VMware P2V Assistant is an enterprise-class migration tool that transforms an image of an existing physical system into a VMware virtual machine. This easy to use market proven tool enables fast and reliable physical to virtual machine migration for Microsoft Windows operating systems ranging from Windows NT 4 to Windows Server 2003. Having pioneered the automation of physical to virtual machines in 2002, VMware has now released a new version of P2V Assistant that builds on the experiences and feedback of more than 300 enterprise customers.
100% automated operating environment portability solution, allowing data, applications, and operating systems to be migrated or replicated to a virtual infrastructure or as Images for deployment at a later time.
Using the drag-and-drop interface, physical or virtual machine servers running Windows or Linux can be converted into a fully functional virtual machine hosted on VMware ESX Server, VMware GSX Server, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005, or on a Platespin Flexible Image file.