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RE: [Xen-users] Xen HVM images on VMware ESX

To: "Diwaker Gupta" <diwaker.lists@xxxxxxxxx>, "Joseph L. Casale" <jcasale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] Xen HVM images on VMware ESX
From: "Ross S. W. Walker" <rwalker@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 24 Apr 2008 13:46:14 -0400
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Diwaker Gupta wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 10:02 AM, Joseph L. Casale
> <jcasale@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >I'm trying to convert some Xen HVM images to run on VMware ESX,
> >  >unsuccessfully thus far. I believe the problem is that ESX by default
> >  >wants the VMs to use SCSI virtual disks, but my HVM VMs are configured
> >  >to use IDE virtual disks. If you have any experience with this sort of
> >  >thing, please get in touch.
> >
> >  Right,
> >  Install the drivers needed by the vmware devices into the Critical Devices 
> > Database
> >  and then image out and into esx. There are many options here, from manual 
> > to automated.
> >
> >  Easiest for you might be to get a copy of the drivers and 
> > install them, windows will know where to load them into the 
> > Critical Devices Database based on the type (Mass Storage).
> Perhaps I haven't been clear. This is not Windows specfic, I want to
> do this for both Linux and Windows.
> Lets say I have a disk image in QCOW format that I use with my Xen VM.
> I want to retain the _same_ filesystem under VMware. So I first create
> a VM in ESX with the same disk size. Then I use qemu-img to convert
> the qcow image to VMDK format and overwrite the blank VMDK file
> created by ESX. No go. I try the same thing but with conversion to RAW
> format, and that fails as well. But this was expected.
> So basically I want some way to take a qcow image and convert it for
> use with ESX.

Have you tried just converting the qcow to a new vmdk and
importing that vmdk into ESX?


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