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Linux P2V CentOS 4/5/6 VMware Converter

Recently I have been working on a project that had quite a few physical Linux servers, mainly of the the CentOS distribution. I have done the odd one here and there in the past but never really documented the process and with me attempting to update my blog more frequently what better place to document it.

First I will give a brief overview of the process then will detail the how-to. This post is for physical to virtual (P2V), I did have to tackle a few virtual to virtual (V2V) that were based on KVM to VMware which I will also document.


The version of Converter used during this project was 5.5.0 build 1362012 and CentOS versions 4.9, 5.1 and 6.5 x64. The sole use of converter may work on your combination of Converter, ESX and CentOS but in my case I had to create a new initial RAM disk as the converted VM would kernel panic due to disk configuration changes.

  1. Document kernel version
  2. Use VMware Converter to convert machine
  3. Create a new initial RAM disk
  4. Configure Network Connection
  5. Install VMware Tools

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Upgrading Hyper-V Beta to RC0

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There is never enough time in the day but I have managed to get on with it and found an article on how to upgrade Hyper-V.

The steps are pretty short, the only bad point is that you have to recreate all you VM so make sure Screen capture or jot them down.

Hyper-V kicks ass is working better than it did. Linux VM’s are much more stable.

I had one issue which was my Debian VM’s lost there NIC. I will dig out the fix and post another article.

Hyper-V Upgrade – Read More Below

John Howard : Hyper-V RC0 Release is available for download