Convert Physical Machine to VMware Machines Uma Mahesh.G Senior QA Engineer gunipati81@gmail.


Introduction : Automate and simplify physical machine to virtual machine conversions as well as conversions between virtual machine formats with VMware vCenter Converter. You can convert Physical machine or Vmware images or Server images to Virtual images. Ex: Windows Server 2003 SP2 Prerequisites: a. Vmware workstation or Server software b. Download sysrep files from Sysrep files for windows server 2003 sp2 and install it. Step 1 & 2 & 3:

1. Download vmware converter from and install
vmware converter on local machine 2. Open vmware converter from Start > Programs > VMWare > VMWare Converter 3. Click on “Convert machine” and follow the steps explianed in the screenshots.

Step 4 & 5: 1. Select source as “Physical computer or Vmware machine” from the source drop down list abd Give the physical machine details as shown as in the below screenshot. a. Physical Machine : Remote or local machine b. Username/password credentials c. Select volumes

Step 6 & 7 & 8 & 9 : 1. Choose “Other Virtual Machine” from destination type drop down list. 2. Give Virtual 1Machine name and location of the vmware image 3. Select “Type of Virtual machine to create” : Vmware Workstation or Server or GSX Server

4. Select “Allow virtual disk files to expand” from Disk Allocation

Customize Vmware image options: 1. Install Vmware Tools (which enhances your resolution and timing functionalitites) 2. Instead of restarting your Vmware machine for netbios name and other details

Step 10 & 11 & 12 & 13 :

1. Give computer name or netbios name , Owner name, organization and location of sysrep files
( Deploy folder contains sysrep.exe file) 2. Give the product ID information or you can continue with the default options 3. Select TimeZone as per your time location 4. Select “Nic” network adapter

Step 14 & 15 & 16 : 1. Give workgroup or domain details 2. Continue with the default options

3. Wait for 10 to 30 mins, then you can start using converted image with your VMware workstation
or Server.

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