VMware P2V Assistant 2.1

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Identifying the Virtual Disk to Reconfigure

The Select a target disk page displays two target disk options.

1. Select the source disk type for the system reconfiguration.

The term target is used because the system reconfiguration is applied to the selected disk. However, the disk being reconfigured is also the source disk.

The choices are:

  • Use a direct disk device attached to this computer.
  • Open an existing virtual disk file.
  • 2. If you use a direct disk attached to the P2V Assistant machine:

    a. Click the Use a direct disk device option, then click Select.

    Link to recfgtargetdirect.png

    This option is typically used for VMware ESX Server virtual machines or when a cloned disk is being reconfigured within a helper virtual machine.

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

    VMware Server, GSX Server or Workstation: The virtual disk must be in .vmdk format.

    VMware ESX Server: The virtual disk must be in .dsk format.

    The virtual disk must be attached as a second disk to the helper virtual machine running the P2V Assistant on your virtualization platform.

    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. After the system is reconfigured the helper virtual machine with the attached .dsk must be shut down. Then the newly reconfigured .dsk can be attached to another virtual machine and used as the bootable system disk.

    b. Select the disk device to use from the listed options, then click OK.

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    3. If you select to open an existing virtual disk:

    a. Click the Open an existing virtual disk (.vmdk) file option, then click Browse.

    Link to recfgtargetexisting.png

    b. Locate the desired disk, then click Next.

    This option is typically used for VMware Server, GSX Server and Workstation virtual machines.

    Select this option to perform a system reconfiguration on a virtual disk for use with a GSX Server, VMware Server, or Workstation virtual machine.

    4. Accept or cancel the Windows NT warning message, if needed.

    If your source operating system is a Windows NT and you are running the P2V Assistant in a non-Windows NT system, a warning message appears.

    5. Verify that the disk volume information is correct. Click Next.

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

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

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