VMware P2V Assistant 2.1

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Starting the P2V Assistant and the Cloning Process

1. Assemble the pieces.

  • Install the P2V Assistant in the helper machine, if it is not installed already. The helper machine can be a physical machine or a virtual machine.
  • The helper machine must be able to reach the source machine through the network. Have the source machine booted with the P2V Assistant boot CD. Refer to the previous section, Preparing the Source Disk.
  • Identify and locate the target virtual disk.
  • This can be a disk attached to the helper virtual machine (if running the helper as a virtual machine), or it can be an actual .vmdk virtual disk file accessible by the helper machine. Preferably, the target file is local to the P2V Assistant and not on the network.

    2. Start the VMware P2V Assistant.

    Double-click the VMware P2V Assistant icon or choose Start > VMware > VMware P2V Assistant. Refer to Introducing VMware P2V Assistant for information on P2V Assistant helper machine requirements.

    3. If it is displayed, acknowledge or view the license information. Click OK.

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    If you wish to view the license information, click the License Info button. Refer to step 4.

    4. Optionally, verify or update the license and serial number.

    If your license is expiring, click the Version and License Info button from the Select a task page or click the License Info button from the License Warning page.

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    To enter a new serial number, click the Enter New Serial Number button.

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    Type the new serial number in the New Serial Number field. Click Submit to accept the new number. Click Don't Enter New Serial Number to cancel the entry. Click Done to continue.

    5. Select the P2V Assistant cloning option. Click Next.

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    The choices are:

  • Perform a System Reconfiguration on an existing disk that contains an operating system
  • Select this option when you have an existing cloned disk and you want to alter the disk to serve as the primary bootable system disk in a new standalone virtual machine. Refer to Reconfiguring Clones.

  • Clone a source computer's physical disk to a virtual disk and optionally perform a System Reconfiguration on the virtual disk
  • Select this option when you want to use the P2V Assistant to clone your source disk. The process involves gathering information about the source computer's operating system and disks, followed by the creation of the target disk, then the actual copy of files from the source disk to the target disk.

    This selection obtains information about the source computer's operating system and disks, then performs the virtual migration process. This process determines if the source disk contains a supported operating system. If a supported operating system is found, you are given the choice to have the P2V Assistant continue with a system reconfiguration after it has created the cloned disk.

    6. Acknowledge the tested cloning disclaimer. Click OK.

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