1. If you have a license for XP, consider VirtualBox. If not, XP Mode gives you one.
2. You don't need backup software for a VM. Just copy the VM file off to an external drive or server. If you need to restore, just copy the file back to your hard drive.
3. All generally work the same way, so if you are familiar with one, you'll be fine with the others.
Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1
You certainly can convert your existing machine into a VM with the VMWare Converter...which is a free application.
Except it doesn't work that reliably. I'm trying to pull in some physical servers to my ESXi box, and two of the three say they are completed without errors, but won't boot on the new ESXi server.