VMware Converter is designed to do the following:
- convert local and remote physical servers with NO DOWNTIME
- convert many P2V conversions at the same time with a centralized console
- convert third party VMs to VMware. For example- MS Virtual PC, MS Virtual Server, Backup Exec LiveState, & Ghost.
- Clone and backup physical machines to virtual machines as part of a DR plan.
VMware Converter comes in two flavors. They are:
- VMware Converter Starter (FREE Edition)
- VMware Converter Enterprise
Currently, VMware Converter is only supported to convert Windows systems from physical to virtual
Using VMware ConverterWhen VMware Converter starts, you will be asked if you want to enter a license (to use the Enterprise version) or move into Starter mode. To go into Starter mode, click Continue in Starter Mode.
There are two purposes for VMware Converter:
1) Import a Virtual Machine from a physical machine or other type of virtual machine
2) Configure Virtual Machine to make an existing image bootable
In our case, we are going to demonstrate how you can import a hard drive from a physical machine (while that machine is running), change the drivers on it to be VMware drivers, and boot it in VMware. The first step of this is importing the virtual machine.
Importing Virtual MachinesTo Import a virtual machine, just click on the Import Machine button the top left side of the interface.
Next, you'll see the Import dialog box come up. Click Next twice. Select the type of source to import from: