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Bill
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      05-14-2004
I just attended your Technet Briefing yesterday in the
King of Prussia. Two different instructors mentioned that
Ghost can convert from physical servers into a Virtual PC.

I mentioned to one of them that we had tried to Ghost from
physical into a virtual hard-drive, & it didn't work. He
said there was a utility from Ghost that directly converts
the hard-drive into a .vhd file. I have searched
Symantec's site, downloaded a trial version of ghost, and
still can't find this utility.

Does anyone know of such a utility, either from Symantec,
Microsoft, or some other 3rd party?

Thanks much.
 
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Scott Baker
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      05-14-2004
I've never heard of such a thing. A lot of users on this
forum use Ghost, and no one has ever mentioned the
existence of such a utility (converting directly to a
VHD).

You can use Ghost to restore an image to a VM. You have
to take into account all of the issues with different
hardware platforms (physical vs. emulated)

Scott

>-----Original Message-----
>I just attended your Technet Briefing yesterday in the
>King of Prussia. Two different instructors mentioned

that
>Ghost can convert from physical servers into a Virtual

PC.
>
>I mentioned to one of them that we had tried to Ghost

from
>physical into a virtual hard-drive, & it didn't work.

He
>said there was a utility from Ghost that directly

converts
>the hard-drive into a .vhd file. I have searched
>Symantec's site, downloaded a trial version of ghost,

and
>still can't find this utility.
>
>Does anyone know of such a utility, either from

Symantec,
>Microsoft, or some other 3rd party?
>
>Thanks much.
>.
>

 
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steve
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      05-14-2004

Here a report concerning your problem
http://www.virtual-strategy.com/arti...leview/80/1/2/
hope it helps,
steve


>-----Original Message-----
>I just attended your Technet Briefing yesterday in the
>King of Prussia. Two different instructors mentioned that
>Ghost can convert from physical servers into a Virtual PC.
>
>I mentioned to one of them that we had tried to Ghost from
>physical into a virtual hard-drive, & it didn't work. He
>said there was a utility from Ghost that directly converts
>the hard-drive into a .vhd file. I have searched
>Symantec's site, downloaded a trial version of ghost, and
>still can't find this utility.
>
>Does anyone know of such a utility, either from Symantec,
>Microsoft, or some other 3rd party?
>
>Thanks much.
>.
>

 
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Jerry Ham
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      05-15-2004
Ghosting a physical machine into a VM is not a problem; we do this all the
time. You should run sysprep before you take the image though to cut down on
the "new hardware found" and any incompatibilities. After running sysprep,
Ghost the machine and apply the GHO file to a VHD - this works just fine.

Jerry

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> I just attended your Technet Briefing yesterday in the
> King of Prussia. Two different instructors mentioned that
> Ghost can convert from physical servers into a Virtual PC.
>
> I mentioned to one of them that we had tried to Ghost from
> physical into a virtual hard-drive, & it didn't work. He
> said there was a utility from Ghost that directly converts
> the hard-drive into a .vhd file. I have searched
> Symantec's site, downloaded a trial version of ghost, and
> still can't find this utility.
>
> Does anyone know of such a utility, either from Symantec,
> Microsoft, or some other 3rd party?
>
> Thanks much.



 
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