How to Use VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD 4.1.1 to Perform Cold Cloning
VMware vCenter Converter is a tool that allows you to convert physical machines, virtual machines, and disk images to VMware virtual machines. One of the features of VMware vCenter Converter is the ability to perform cold cloning, which means converting a powered-off source machine without installing any software on it. This can be useful for situations where you need to migrate a machine that cannot be booted or has an unsupported operating system.
To perform cold cloning, you need to use the VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD, which is a bootable ISO image that contains the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone agent and a Linux kernel. The VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD can be found in the components of VMware vCenter Server 4.0 or 4.1, which you can download from here if you have a valid license. The latest version of the VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD is 4.1.1, which has the file name VMware-convertercd-4.1.1-206170.zip.
To use the VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD, you need to do the following steps:
Burn the ISO image to a CD or DVD using your preferred software.
Insert the CD or DVD into the source machine that you want to convert and boot from it.
Select your language and keyboard layout from the menu.
Wait for the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone agent to start.
Specify the IP address and port of the destination VMware vCenter Server or VMware ESXi host where you want to store the converted virtual machine.
Enter your username and password for authentication.
Select the source disks and partitions that you want to convert.
Select the destination datastore and virtual machine name.
Configure the virtual machine settings such as memory, CPU, network adapters, etc.
Start the conversion process and monitor the progress.
Once the conversion is completed, you can power on the virtual machine and verify its functionality.
Note: The VMware vCenter Converter Boot CD supports only BIOS-based machines and does not support UEFI-based machines. It also does not support dynamic disks or encrypted disks. For more information, refer to the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User's Guide.
One of the benefits of cold cloning is that it ensures a consistent state of the source machine and avoids any data corruption or loss that might occur during a hot cloning. Cold cloning also avoids any potential compatibility issues between the source and destination hosts, such as CPU features, network adapters, or drivers. Cold cloning is recommended for machines that have complex applications or configurations that might not work well with hot cloning.
However, cold cloning also has some drawbacks. It requires downtime for the source machine, which might not be acceptable for some business-critical applications. It also requires a physical access to the source machine and a bootable CD or DVD drive. Cold cloning is not supported for UEFI-based machines or encrypted disks. Cold cloning also consumes more network bandwidth and storage space than hot cloning, as it transfers the entire disk image without any compression or deduplication.
Therefore, cold cloning should be used only when hot cloning is not possible or feasible. Hot cloning is faster, more efficient, and more convenient than cold cloning. Hot cloning allows you to convert a running source machine without any interruption or downtime. Hot cloning also supports UEFI-based machines and encrypted disks. Hot cloning uses compression and deduplication techniques to reduce the network bandwidth and storage space required for the conversion. Hot cloning also allows you to resize or reconfigure the destination virtual machine as needed. aa16f39245