Utility to Convert from Physical into .vhd?

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Bill, May 14, 2004.

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    Bill Guest

    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.
    Bill, May 14, 2004
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    Scott Baker Guest

    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

    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 Baker, May 14, 2004
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    steve Guest

    steve, May 14, 2004
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    Jerry Ham Guest

    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 Ham, May 15, 2004
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