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How can I create a Virtual Hard Drive from a physical linux server?

By dark_angel_6 ·
I am looking into virtualizing my current linux servers to run as guest operating systems on a Windows Server 2008 system using Hyper-V.

I currently have a fileserver running Debian Etch and a mail server running Red Hat 8.0 and have not been able to find an easy way of converting the physical machines into Hyper-V VHDs.
If anyone has done this before or has any ideas on how I can do this it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Hrm.

by seanferd In reply to How can I create a Virtua ...

http://www.google.com/search?q=virtualize+linux+on+hyper-v

But actually, I think any other virtualization product would be a better choice (but YMMV). VMWare is pretty sweet, but there are free products as well.

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free options

by dark_angel_6 In reply to Hrm.

I would love to use VMWare instead, however I don't think I'll be able to get approval to spend more money on a server that has already cost a lot. Hence the whole Hyper-V mess.
If there are any reliable free alternatives out there I would really like to know what they are because I just seem to be hitting brick walls every time I try to get info on Hyper-V and linux.

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Well, most of your free options

by seanferd In reply to free options

would be running on Linux/BSD, so maybe those (like Xen) are right out, as you note.

http://www.virtualbox.org/
Never tried this.

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Vizioncore vConverter

by dark_angel_6 In reply to Well, most of your free o ...

I was directed to this one by someone from another site and it seems to be what I need.

http://www.vizioncore.com/free/vConverter/index.php

If anyone has had any experience with this program I would like to hear from you, but for now it looks like this might just do the trick.

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