This process works for p2v, v2p, and p2p and should work across different distributions with a few minor changes/additions. It has been tested on Redhat 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0, Fedora Core, and RHEL 2.1, 3.0. The process below is specifically for p2v. Use process at your own risk and stop over paying for conversion software.

*basic vmware knowledge
*basic to intermediate unix/linux sys admin skills
*you should install the kernel source and utilities before imaging/copying ( you will need them to rebuild the ramdisk)
*please post a link directly to the source, Please give credit where credit is due.

1. Create a copy of your target OS and copy to a virtual machine. (Ghost, dd, altiris, etc)
2. Print out a copy of your fstab and mtab files. (You may need to reference these to remount partitions in the following steps.)
3. Once you power up the VM you will most likely receive a kernel panic.
4. Power down and boot the VM to the LINUX rescue CD. Type linux rescue at the prompt. (boot: linux rescue)
5. Mount your installation (chroot /mnt/sysimage)
6. Backup and edit modules.conf and remove old drivers (megaraid,symbios, etc) and replace with BusLogic (alias scsi_hostadapter BusLogic) or appropriate module.
7. Backup current ramdisk (cp /boot/init-[version].img /boot/init-[version].img.bak)
8. Rebuild with new module and overwrite existing (mkinit -f -v /boot/initrd-[version]-img [version] ).
9. Reboot, system should detect changes.
10. Do an auto or manual install of vm-tools if needed (if you don’t know how to do this then email me below for support)
11. Consider the cost savings from consulting, third-party software, and the time it would take to re-install your system.
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