I am a database software developer and have an old PC running XP Pro with 5 years' worth of software installed on it, including Visual Studio and SQL Server and Oracle, and years of patches, and I am hoping to find a way to automagically bring that hard drive, or all of its contents, intact, into a new more powerful machine, and have that machine boot up so I run my programs as if nothing at all has changed. It will just be faster and have better video capabilities.
I just read on the VMWare site that it's possible to create an ISO image of my PC's disk, and bring that ISO image into VMWare as a hosted O/S instance. There's also an article here:
This seems just too good to be true! Aren't there going to be some "HAL Hell" issues? Will I have to spend time telling VMWare what hardware it needs to emulate? Or is all of this completely transparent?