Solaris/Linux/Windows p2v tools
By Katsumii-Oracle on Sep 11, 2008
I think this is the current status. Corrections and comments are welcome.
||Boot device reconfiguration
||Network device reconfiguration
|Windows|| VMware Converter
||not much more than actual space used
|Linux\*|| ext2/ext3 aware image backup tool
||may require extra temporary space while restoring
||boot with GRUB failsafe archive and reconfigure
|Solaris\*|| block by block HDD image backup tool
||requires extra temporary space while restoring
|| GRUB. Doesn't require install media.
| others\* (DOS,NetWare,etc)
|| file system aware or block by block image backup tool
||depends on file system used
|| probably requires install media, additional driver disk.
|| may need to install driver
\*) I omitted VMware Converter's Cold cloning (using a BootCD). It's $$ option and I haven't seen it. According to this FAQ, the BootCD is Windows 2003 based WinPE (or BartPE?) and sounds quite flexible. How can it read Linux disk, then? I guess it has ext2/ext3 driver installed and also capable of block-by-block backup.