VMware P2V Assistant 2.1

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Specifying the Target Disk

Specifying the Target Disk

The Select a target disk panel displays two types of target disk options and a check box for optionally adjusting the target disk partitions. These target disks are populated with the data from the source computer.

  1. To use an attached disk drive, select the Use a direct disk device option.

    Typically, you select this option to create a virtual disk for use with VMware ESX Server virtual machines. Refer to Creating a New Virtual Machine with ESX Server for additional information.

    You should be running the P2V Assistant in a helper virtual machine on an ESX Server system. This helper virtual machine must have at least two virtual disk drives. The direct disk is attached as an additional drive to this helper virtual machine. If the direct disk contains data, the data ise overwritten by the cloning process.

  2. To use a direct disk device:
    1. Select the Use a direct disk device option. Click Select.
    2. When the Disk Device Selector panel appears, select the disk device to use from the listed options, then click OK.

      Select the appropriate direct disk radio button, then click OK. An updated Select a target disk panel displays the disk capacity. We recommend that you do not use Disk 0, as typically that is the disk of the helper virtual machine.

  3. To create a new virtual disk:
    1. Select the Create a virtual disk (.vmdk) file option, then click Browse.

      Specify the virtual disk path and new filename.

      Typically, you select this option to create a virtual disk for use with VMware GSX Server or Workstation virtual machines.

      Selecting this option creates a .vmdk virtual disk file for use with VMware Workstation or GSX Server. You may accept the default virtual disk size (the same as your source disk) or specify a larger or smaller disk size. If you select a disk size that is smaller than the source partitions, you are given the option to edit the size of each partition to ensure each partition has sufficient space.

      The .vmdk is created as a SCSI, not IDE, type disk. Even if the source computer uses IDE disks, the target virtual computer disks always use SCSI disks.

    2. Select the additional conditions. Click the desired field or check box:
      • Capacity in GB
To change this value, type in the field. Be sure that you specify a value large enough to cover the size of the source disk.
  • Split the virtual disk into 2 GB files
Typically, the total capacity for the new virtual disk is minimum 4GB. Dividing these virtual disks into 2GB files helps handling and backward compatibility purposes.
  • Allocate all the disk space now, as indicated in the Capacity in MB field.
By allocating the full capacity of the virtual disk, you enhance performance of your virtual machine. However, the disk takes longer to create and there must be enough space on the host's physical disk.
If you do not allocate disk space now, your virtual disk files start small, then become larger as you add applications, files, and data to your virtual machine.
  1. Complete the Select a Target Disk page. Click Next.

    If you selected to edit the partition disk size, continue to the next section, Setting the Partition Sizes.

    If you did not select to edit the partition disk size, skip to the following section, Selecting System Reconfiguration Options.

  2. If the source machine has a Windows NT Server operating system you may need to locate current service pack or hot-fix files.

    Click the Browse button and locate the path to the required files.

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