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Virtualizing a running system

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 10:56 AM, Jerry Feldman <gaf-mNDKBlG2WHs at> wrote:

> ?Let's say we have a person running Windows with plenty of installed
> applications. What I would like to be able to do would be to somehow
> encapsulate that version into a VDI.

The way I have done this in the past is to:

0) Shrink the windows partition to the size it will have in the VM,
make video display driver generic VGA.
1) Backup the windows partition using partimage or Clonezilla.
2) Install the desired OS and VM manager
3) Boot Ubuntu or Clonezilla in a new VM, restore the image from #1 to the VM.
4) Wrestle with Windows to work on the new (virtualized) hardware and
go through Windows Authentication.

Worked for me. YMMV.

Ted Roche
Ted Roche & Associates, LLC

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