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Windows 7: Best VM for me?

13 Aug 2010   #11
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
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.


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13 Aug 2010   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
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.
Well, there are often a few documented reasons for this. For example,if you have teamed nic drives installed on your host, you often have to uninstall them prior to doing the vmware conversion so that the NIC's work right after conversion. I've converted several boxes in the past and have experienced few issues. More were like annoyances once complete rather than something that flat out would not boot.
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13 Aug 2010   #13
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

We've gone through a list of known "no-no"s and haven't found any that pertain to these two servers. One is a simple server with a single SATA drive, single core proc, single NIC, running Server 2003 SP2 and WSS 3.0. It is a great tool, especially when moving these old servers to a blazing fast new virtual one...I just wish we weren't getting these roadblocks.
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