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Old 09-02-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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Can I clone Slackware computer to Vmware

I've got a computer with installed Slackware on it. Can I clone it using Vmware Clone (or any other software like Vmware Clone). And than use the cloned system on a virtual machine.
The physical computer uses for desktop work only. And I need to have a virtual copy of it, and use it on the other hardware without reinstall.
I'm new on Linux. And I've got a Vmware Clone Boot CD.
Thanks. Sorry for my English.

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Old 09-03-2009, 09:26 AM   #2
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Hi AndreSh,

The last time I used VMware Converter it couldnt do linux p2v's, apparently it can now but only RHEL, SuSE and Ubuntu :

It is possible to do it manually but it can be messy

Old 09-03-2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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You can. In fact, it's pretty easy.

You have to boot your PC with ghost for linux :
You create an image, on a USB disk, a second partition, a network drive, a ftp, whatever...

You create a vmware disk image, adjusting the size of the original disk/partition. You can create a bigger disk if you want.

You boot this vmware with g4l, and you deploy the image on it.

I did this once and it worked perfectly.

Of course, you may have to reinstall bootloader, maybe recompile your kernel, if you have a custom one (of course, if you are smart, you kept the standard one ;^) ).

An experimental trick can be the use of dd, or cpio from the mounted Slack partition to a " mounted" disk image.

Have fun.

Edit :
Rereading, i see that you are new to Linux, i hope my explanations aren't too obscure !!!
Post again if you have troubles !

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