P2V a Linux boxen in Unix, Linux & Open Source Software Posted October 29, 2011 I've P2V and V2V'd a few linux servers using this procedure - http://forums.citrix.com/thread.jspa?messageID=1477999 * create new VM, boot it and assign a temporary IP * install rsync on the old and the new VM * enable SSH root login on the old VM * run the following rsync command the first time: rsync -av --numeric-ids --delete --progress --exclude /sys --exclude /boot --exclude /dev --exclude /proc --exclude /etc/mtab --exclude /etc/fstab --exclude /etc/udev/rules.d --exclude /lib/modules root@my-old-vm:/ / * this copies most files from the old VM, but excludes the running kernel, special filesystems, fstab etc. * downtime begins: switch the old VM to runlevel 1, disable remote logins, startup the sshd again * do a final rsync with the command from above * shutdown the old VM * downtime ends: reboot the new VM * install the linux XenTools on the new VM I am sure for vmware it's slightly different, but it's worked a treat. This is probably the fastest approach. You obviously can't do this on a Windows system, but for Unix it's great! Just be careful of /etc/fstab. Depending on how many virtual hard disks you're going to use, you may need to modify this file.