I stumbled upon this information in a forum discussion about possibilities of P2V’ing a Novell Netware (SIC: Knitware) Server into a Virtual Machine. Interestingly, this guy’s physical server booted off a SAN LUN, so he was able to clone directly from this LUN to a Virtual Disk by using RDM’s (with the physical Novell server powered off at the time…)

Interesting approach, huh?

Anyway, my attention was drawn to the FREE alternative to things like Ghost and Drive Image Pro. If you don’t have access to these tools, or are concerned about the licensing issues with using these vendor products. Then there are some open source alternatives:

G4L by Frank Stephen:

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http://sourceforge.net/projects/g4l

Notes:
When you set up the VM, you will have to temporarily use BusLogic as your SCSI Adapter driver, as it appears not to have an LSI logic driver built-in. Once the clone restore is over

Knoppix Boot CD
http://www.knoppix.com/

Notes:
Now includes Partition Image which allows you to clone disk to a file

This was first published in September 2005

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