VMWare: How to Convert Physical To Virtual Machine

1. Install VMWare Converter in physical machine
2. Run converter
3. Turn on virtual machine
4. Turn off physical machine
5. Remove ghosted drivers in virtual machine: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1179
6. Clone MAC address(es):
To assign the same, unique MAC address to any virtual machine manually, use a text editor to remove three lines from the configuration file and add one line. The configuration file has a .vmx extension at the end of the filename. On a Linux host, a virtual machine created with an earlier VMware product may have a configuration file with a .cfg extension.
  1. Open the virtual machine’s .vmx configuration file with a text editor. For more information about editing a virtual machine’s configuration file (.vmx), see Tips for editing a .vmx file (http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1&externalId=1714)
  2. Remove the three lines from the configuration file that begin with:
  3. Add a new static MAC address line to the configuration file with help of the following entries:
    ethernetN.address = “00:50:56:XX:YY:ZZ”
    ethernetN.addressType = “static”
  4. Save the configuration file.

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