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I have a VMWare Ubuntu VM created with VMWare player. Is there any way to install the Ubuntu system that is in the VM onto a physical server? In other words I want the server to boot with the exact same system and as is currently in the VM.

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The only way I know of doing this is to create an image of the VMWare machine with software like clonezilla or ghost and then write that image to a physical disk. This should work, but be prepared to do some cursory driver/config maintenance once the image is written.

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Thanks that makes sense. – billyp Mar 2 '11 at 17:58
You might also want to look into using VMware's ESXi product. You should be able to convert the VM using VMware Converter and then you can more easily move it to another server if need be. – Scott Keck-Warren Mar 2 '11 at 18:25
@Scott Warren Thank you for the ESXi information. I was not aware that their migration software was free. – Bob Baller Mar 2 '11 at 19:26
@Scott Warren - looks interesting - thank you – billyp Mar 2 '11 at 22:07

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