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Re: [Xen-users] Free P2V Tools for Xen

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Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Free P2V Tools for Xen
From: Freddie Cash <fjwcash@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 14:54:38 -0700
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On April 10, 2008 02:21 pm jd wrote:
>   Can someone please suggest open source project or
> free tool for P2V. (converting Linux and Windows
> machines to their Xen virtual images.)
>   I found this one,
> http://et.redhat.com/~rjones/virt-p2v/virt-p2v.1.html
>   Would like to hear about people's experience with
> this tool too.

All of our migrations from Debian Etch running on bare metal to Debian 
Etch running in PV VMs has been done using dar and xen-tools' --copy-from 

We do a full backup of the physical server using dar.  Create an LVM 
partition in dom0, format it with whatever fs, and mount it to /mnt/tmp.  
Extract the dar backup into /mnt/tmp.

Then use xen-tools --copy-from=/mnt/tmp to create the new PV VM.

Then fire up the VM and continue on.  No issues so far.  Done three 
migrations to date.

Haven't tried any migrations into HVMs yet.  Nor have we tried any 
non-Debian migrations.
Freddie Cash

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