VMs: creating from bare metal install?

Mark van Harmelen mark at hedtek.com
Mon Jun 7 18:42:41 UTC 2010

@Aaron, Thanks for the dd detail, its been years (whoops, where did
that time go) since I used dd..

On Mon, Jun 7, 2010 at 4:05 PM, Aaron C. de Bruyn <aaron at heyaaron.com> wrote:
> On 2010-06-06 at 11:10:42 +0100, Mark van Harmelen wrote:
>> Hi everyone
>> I have no experience of virtualisation, apart from running VirtualBox here
>> and there, and I'm wondering if anyone has an easy-to-do recommendation for
>> me, please.
> You might want to take a look at Proxmox VE (http://proxmox.com/).
> It's essentially Debian with a few customized packages.
> It boots to a shell (no GUI), and then you actually manage it through
> a web interface.
> It lets you create KVM, and OpenVZ virtual machines.
> Pretty slick.
>> Has anyone got any experience converting a bare metal server to a virtual
>> image? For some free target, maybe KVM or one of the Xen products. Xen is
> The easiest way I've found is to boot the server using something like the
> System Rescue CD and then running:
> dd if=/dev/sda | ssh root at ip.of.hos.t dd of=/path/to/vm/image.raw
> If you are using proxmox, it would be something like:
> dd if=/dev/sda | ssh root at ip.of.hos.t dd of=/var/lib/vz/images/101/vm-101-disk-1.raw
> Shoot me an e-mail if you run into trouble.
> -A

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