I have an Ubuntu 9.04 physical server in place and need to create a staging server for our software development efforts to push releases out to so we can evaluate if the software is ready for production.
Unfortunately, with the primary server being Ubuntu 9.04, I'm running into issues building a VM in VMware EXi Server 4 for it because Canonical has removed some of the repositories for that release because it is now End Of Life'ed (EOL). It's my own fault for not installing an LTS version of Ubuntu to begin with, but that's another story entirely.
Basically I need a staging server that matches our production server as closely as possible. In the Windows world, I wouldn't consider imaging an existing server and using that to build a VM as Windows, and a lot of the software installed on Window Server, is finicky about the name of the server being changed after the fact. I'm wondering how appropriate it would be to do this for a Linux/Ubuntu server?
So, I am considering using the VMware converter tool on a Windows box to clone our production server to a VM, then change the hostname and the IP address(es) on the VM to be unique. Should I be concerned with taking this approach?
Many thanks in advance!