[CentOS-devel] Timeline for C5 beta / final?

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Sun Feb 18 16:06:30 UTC 2007

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Karanbir Singh wrote:
>> While still on the same subject of upgrades and testing etc, if 
>> someone is creating VM's to migrate a real machine into take a look at 
>> vmware's Converter tool ( url: 
>> http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/ ). I've not used it myself, 
>> but heard from people who have that it does what one would expect from 
>> such a tool, and handles most network issues / drive and driver issues 
>> fairly cleanly.
> That's for windows. 

humm, I am quite sure that it was a linux machine that I saw migrated - 
perhaps their free version only does Windows so far, but i am quite sure 
linux machines are in the pipeline.

> With Linux you can use most of the usual backup/ 
> restore procedures that you would use with physical machines (tar,cpio, 
> rsync, etc.) and you have to deal with the same problems of getting a 
> working disk driver in the initrd image and installing grub that you 
> would have with real machines.  Is there a generic tool to do those two 
> things easier than booting an install CD in rescue mode and doing it by 
> hand?

I suppose if you knew what modules you are going to need, then doing it 
at the same time as the VM is created would be possible. If not, then 
its a bit of a mismatch. Perhaps something to take on as a small weekend 
project ?

Karanbir Singh : http://www.karan.org/ : 2522219 at icq

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