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Good morning Server Fault,

I have several hard disks with installations of Windows XP, Vista, and 7. I do not want to (or rather can no longer) reinstall these Windows installations so I want to encapsulate the installations into an archive or archive parts for transfer into a Xen domU.

For starters, what format can I put this archive into, ISO? I know Windows allows entire hard drive backups in VHD format, but it's a Microsoft format that I doubt has any compatibility with Linux. Second, how do I transfer that file into Xen once I have it?

Thank you to anyone who read my question.

  • Are these installation on physical machines right now, or are they on partitions on disks that are attached to the Xen server? – MDMarra Feb 5 '13 at 14:11
  • Installations on physical machines. I have to repartition my Xen server to account for the space that will be used by these Windows partitions. – NobleUplift Feb 13 '13 at 18:39
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Xen uses either .img files to store data, or better LVM volumes.

You might have a look at XenServer converter.

  • Thank you, that is exactly what I was looking for. I wish I could upvote your answer as well, but I don't have enough reputation. – NobleUplift Feb 13 '13 at 18:25

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