Convert Physical Machine & VMware’s VMDK Into VHD Format

Ever wanted to convert VMware’s VMDK virtual disk image to Microsoft’s VHD image, but didn’t find the right tool to carry out the required operation? 2Tware Convert VHD is a tool that may help you convert not only VMDK disk image into VHD format for running it as virtual machine via Virtual PC, but also allows you to convert your Physical machine into a single virtual disk. Using the physical machine conversion option, you can easily create full backup of your hard disk partitions without having to go through tedious process of configuring full backup settings. Unlike other virtual disk conversion tools, which attempt to copy data written on the source disk, this utility performs sector-by-sector copy operations, enabling you to select your entire hard drive and clone it in VHD format. Details to follow after the jump. Read More

How To Convert Physical Computer Into Virtual Machine (VMware, VirtualBox & Virtual PC)

Virtual Machine software like VirtualBox, Virtual PC, Parallels, VMware etc, provide the utility of not only running multiple virtual environments on the host system, but also allow creating and configuring the machines as per the requirements. The Virtual Machine software are designed keeping high-end usage requirements in mind, and therefore, such applications are authorized to gain complete control over all the installed hardware and software components. While machine virtualization utilities are widely used to run disk images of operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux distributions, they don’t allow converting the physical into a virtual machine in order to use the entire system on other platforms in a virtual environment. Today, we look at the the simplest way to convert the local machine to virtual machine, and then configure and run it on other systems using virtualization software. Read More

Create Your Own Linux Distribution With SUSE Studio

If you ever wanted to tweak or create your Linux distribution, and do not have the required know how, then you definitely need to check out SUSE Studio. It is a web service that allows creating your custom Linux distribution by following some easy steps. Using this web service, you can create and download your very own Linux operating system with customized applications and features. Read More

Remove VMWare Player Menu In Full Screen Mode With VMWareMenuRemover

VMWare player is a widely-used virtualization application, enabling you to run virtual machines from multiple platforms, including Windows and Linux. Like any virtualization application, it provides a full screen mode to help users focus on the virtual machine, akin to it being a natively-run operating system on the physical machine. Unfortunately, this advantage is reduced to some extent due to the annoying menu that appears on top of VMWare Player in full screen mode. This menu consumes an important chunk of the virtual machine, which may contain a dock or underlying application interface. VMWareMenuRemover is a portable application for removing this menu bar from VMWare Player. Read More

Convert Physical Machines To Virtual Machines With VMware vCenter Converter

VMware vCenter Converter is a free application to convert physical local and remote machines into virtual machines. The conversion is supported for both physical machines and virtual machine formats. vCenter has versions for Windows and Linux based operating system which includes Windows Server 2008. The conversion of physical machines into virtual machines takes place without disruption or down time, which means that you can convert physical servers into virtual servers without suffering from network disruptions. vCenter can be used to convert multiple virtual machines simultaneously, however, you might need some good hardware to ensure the process to be seamless. The supported formats for physical machine conversion into a virtual machine include Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server. Backup images can also be converted into virtual machines such as a backup image of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Norton Ghost can be converted into a VMware virtual machine. Read More

Monitor And Manage VMware ESX Server With VM Configuration Tool

Over the years VMware has arguably been the leader in virtual technology. VMware workstation and VMware ESX have been an extraordinary virtualization resource for small and medium size businesses and individual users. Free VM Configuration Tool is a utility for configuring VMware Virtual servers. Although one might not need much help with the configuration of CPU and RAM of virtual machines on a common VMware workstation, however, what makes this app useful is that it fetches comprehensive data regarding virtual machines and presents them in graphical and report form. Another advantage of VM Configuration Tool is it’s ability to provide an exclusive configuration solution for VMware ESX server. Over the recent past, VMware ESX has been an excellent enterprise-level virtualization product for adding management and reliability services to the core server product. This is one of the main reasons why VM Configuration tool is a handy resource, as it allows managing the RAM capacity, processors, power operations, VM suspension, etc of VMware ESX virtual machines. Read More

How To Install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 On VMware 7

Installing a 64-bit operating system on virtualization applications has never been free of obstacles. In the initial days of virtual machines, this was in fact not even possible. In this post we will tell you how to install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 on VMware 7.0. Note: These instructions can also help in the installation of the 32-bit version of Server 2008. Read More

Easy Way To Change VMWare Virtual Disk Size

Changing the size of a VMWare virtual disk image can be a real bugger, especially if you had specified a smaller size to begin with and now have run out of space. There is no option to modify the size of an existing image, and normally users are left without any option other than to create a new image. Not convenient at all. Read More