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Is it possible to convert physical environments to virtual machines


A bit of a silly question really - but I was wondering would it be possible to take a snapshot of a OS you are running on a computer, the convert it or so it can be run as a virtual machine in VMware or Vitual Box?


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marked as duplicate by Robert Cartaino, Ivo Flipse Mar 19 '10 at 23:21

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Please note that this appears to be a duplicate of entry 114360, so you may want to read those posts as well. – spowers Mar 19 '10 at 11:58
Not a silly question at all. Probably one of the top questions from people starting out in virtualization. – Robert Cartaino Mar 19 '10 at 14:08
... and, yes, this is a duplicate question from this ( It is best to avoid spreading answers across duplicate questions. Please put your answers there and vote to close. – Robert Cartaino Mar 19 '10 at 14:13

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You can use VMware converter. This will give you the functionality you are looking for.

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+1 Also, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery will perform this task – Dave M Mar 19 '10 at 12:03
Awesome, thanks! I thought it was a outrageous idea! – user31636 Mar 19 '10 at 12:38