Website: p2vbackup.com


physical2virtual_backup

Frane Borozan een student van de FESB (Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture) aan de universiteit van Split in Kroatie. Hij heeft een guide geschreven over hoe je in een aantal stappen automatisch een P2V backup kan maken van een fysieke server naar een virtuele server.

Zijn guide bevat de volgende hoofdstukken.

Chapters

I will divide this HOWTO in few chapters:
1. Planned network infrastructure
2. Making copy of physical server into virtual using VMware converter GUI
3. Making copy of physical server into virtual with command line p2vtool and preparing XML file needed for vmware p2vtool
4. Batch script for automation of vmware converter import process
5. Customizing VMware configuration file
6. Running and testing virtual server using cold and hot methods
7. Restoring network configuration to virtual network adapters
8. Automating vmware server take over process
9. Restoring virtual newly created data to new physical servers

De volgende hoofdstukken vond ik zelf heel nuttig om te lezen en hier gaan we zeker mee aan de slag.

Chapters

3. Making copy of physical server into virtual with command line p2vtool and preparing XML file needed for vmware p2vtool
4. Bat script for automation of vmware converter import process
5. Customizing VMware configuration file
7. Restoring network configuration to virtual network adapters
8. Automating vmware server take over process
9. Restoring virtual newly created data to new physical servers

De guide vindt je hier: http://www.p2vbackup.com/p2vbtutorial.asp

P2V: How to P2V a Linux Box


Ik kwam deze tutorial van Windley’s op zijn blog Technometria  tegen.

Quote uit de post

The Process

The first step is to make an image of the source machine. I recommend g4l, Ghost for Linux. There are some detailed instructions on g4l available, but the basics are:

  • Download the g4l bootable ISO and put it on a CD.
  • Boot it on the source machine.
  • Select the latest version from the resulting menu and start it up (you have to type g4l at the prompt).
  • Select raw transfered over network and configure the IP address and the username/password for the FTP server you want the image transfered to.
  • Give the new image a name.
  • Select “backup” and sit back and watch it work.

Lees hier het complete artikel: http://www.windley.com/archives/2007/08/p2v_how_to_make_a_physical_linux_box_into_a_virtual_machine.shtml