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I have a dual boot machine (Win7 RC and Win2008) and want to migrate one of the partitions (Win2008) into a Virtual Hard Drive and the be able to use it in VPC or Virtual Server (not Hyper-V).

The ways I've seen via Linked Virtual Disks or WinImage take the entire physical drive instead of just the partition. Any ideas?

Thanks in Advance,

--Aaron

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I found a solution a different way. The second partion was done via Windows Deployment Services and so I got my hands on the wim file and utilized the wim2vhd converter - code.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd (although I had to comment out the wim windows version check since I'm using windows 2008 not 2008 r2). Thanks to everyone that responded. –  Vendoran May 26 '09 at 18:39

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To expand on Vendoran's comment:

The original partition can be captured into a WIM file by using the Windows Automated Install Kit (aka WAIK) tool ImageX.exe, and then converted to a VHD using the referenced Wim2Vhd

e.g.

imagex.exe /capture C:\ p2vimage.wim P2VImage "Captured Physical Partition"
wim2vhd.wsf /wim:p2vimage.wim /sku:P2VImage /vhd:p2vimage.vhd
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Can you image the target partition and restore it onto another PC as a single boot OS? Then you can convert it without the complications.

But is this really necessary? In my limited playing with MS SCVMM I'm sure it converts partitions rather than physical disks. If fact I think it converts each partition to a separate vhd file.

John Rennie

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I don't have MS SCVMMM, so that option isn't available to me. I can try to image it onto a spare computer. –  Vendoran May 22 '09 at 12:52

Disclaimer: I work for Quest, but I'm not saying this in a sales capacity or anything, just answering the question.

Vizioncore's vConverter does it:

http://www.vizioncore.com/products/vConverter/

Here's a blurb about it on TechTarget:

http://searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid94_gci1349624_mem1,00.html

I haven't used this personally. I've done the same thing with VMware's vCenter Converter product, but that only works if you want to end up with a VMware virtual machine, not a Microsoft VHD.

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Tried it via the free download and got some major errors on booting up the VHD. thanks though. –  Vendoran May 26 '09 at 18:39

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