[CentOS-virt] RE: [CentOS] dd trough scp with tar

Fri Apr 25 21:33:05 UTC 2008
Joseph L. Casale <jcasale at ActiveNetwerx.com>

>First, I'd expect some problems with the device drivers when you try to
>restore a vmware image onto a xen virtual environment - unless they
>present similar virtual hardware.

Actually, your lucky on this one. Windows *always* loads an ide driver into the
Critical Device Database unless you explicitly tell it not to with an
installation answer file, or remove it after install.

>However, for the actual copy operation, I'd recommend clonezilla-live
>(http://www.clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live/). Boot its iso image into a
>menu system that will let you mount the image storage space via nfs,
>samba, or ssh-fs, then tell it to save the whole disk.  The advantage
>over dd is that it knows enough about ntfs and most linux file systems
>to just save the used blocks and when you restore it will let you pick
>from the list of images you've saved.

Yup, did the same thing recently with WinPE 2.0 and Ghost (Same internal
concepts, faster then dd and ssh/cp) when moving off an ESX server into Xen 3.2.