ComTech: IT Support Stirling

How to convert a physical machine into a virtual one

ComTech: IT Support Stirling

Today we are going all virtual!!  We shall have a look at converting a physical machine into a virtual one by using VMware Converter.  For this tutorial our test system is an Acer Aspire One running Windows 7 Home Premium. First thing we need to do is download and install the VMWare converter software onto our test system. Once installed you should get the screenshot below. Next we have to click on Convert machine (top left corner) to get the following screen. Make sure you set the source type as Powered-on machine and specify the powered-on machine as This local machine (shown above).  Click next. We now have to specify where to save the virtual machine.  Set destination type as VMWare Workstation or other VMWare virtual machine.  Set VMWare product as “Whatever VMWare product you are using” and then browse for a location to save your image to.  Don’t forget to name your image. We now come to the options screen shown below.  Browse the options and edit if needed. When you are happy click next. We finally reach the Summary screen.  Again browse your configuration choices and when happy click Finish. Your physical machine will now be converted in a virtual one which can be imported into virtual software of your choice.  Depending on how big your hard drive is the conversion may take some time.

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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows, Mac and Linux based IT Support to small businesses in Stirling, Alloa and Falkirk.

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3 thoughts on “How to convert a physical machine into a virtual one

  1. Do you have any way Covert Virtual Machine, from X Virtual Platform to Virtualbox Virtual platform ? Example, I want convert my HyperV Machine to VirtualBox machine. It is possible ?

  2. I have only tried this on Windows systems at the moment. If you get it working on Linux give me a shout!!!

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