A while ago I talked about how to manually migrate a physical computer to a virtual machine. Now – there are a number of automated tools to perform physical to virtual migrations (called ‘P2V’) – however most of them only support server operating systems. Recently I had a chance to try out LeoStream’s P2V tool – which supports Windows 2000 and Windows XP professional (as well as all of the server flavors) – and let me say that I was very impressed.
My eventual aim was to get an old K6-500 running Windows XP on a 30GB disk into a Virtual PC virtual machine – with the least effort possible. As such – not only did I use this P2V tool – but I tried to read as small an amount of the documentation as possible.
First – I needed to have Virtual Server installed on my target system (no problem). Then I needed to install their ‘host agent’ on my target system. This was very straight forward – and left me with a LeoStream service running on my box. Finally I had to install the P2V Wizard on the computer I wanted to migrate. This was very simple – and after asking me a few questions (what network configuration I wanted, etc) it was off an running.
Two hours later (and with no intervention from me) the system was merrily running in a virtual machine – which I could run directly under Virtual PC with no changes. In fact – the only nit-pick I could find with the process was that it did not automatically install the Virtual Machine Additions for me.
Now – at $200 per successful migration – the price is a bit steep. But given that you have guaranteed success with no frustration or wasted time – it is pretty tempting. For more details – checkout: http://www.leostream.com/productPV.html