-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 Dr. Jennifer Nussbaum wrote: > I have a FreeBSD 7.0 system that im using in production. I want to create a > FreeBSD virtual machine, to use as a testbed for this production box. > > The last time i did this it took a lot of time to get the VM set > up--installing all the right ports, getting the database configuration right, > etc. > > Are there any shortcuts for this, e.g. a way i can automatically install the > same ports on the new "machine"? I didnt see anything in the handbook or FAQ > about this, but id think that people need to do this all the time. Any other > advice for mirroring the system? > > Thanks! > > Jen >
Hi Jen, I am assuming that you are using VMware, but if that's not the case, please respond to the thread. VMware Converter (http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/) is typically used to convert a physical machine to a VM, but I'm not sure that it will work with FreeBSD. If it doesn't, then I think you need to use a tool like Norton Ghost, Acronis TrueImage or Partimage (http://www.partimage.org/Main_Page) to create a disk image of your production machine. Once you do that, create your VM, boot with the rescue image of the tool that you chose and use it to restore the production machine disk image into your VM. Reboot and you should have a VM that only requires some minimal reconfiguration. Hope that helps, Greg Larkin http://www.FreeBSD.org/ http://www.sourcehosting.net/ -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (FreeBSD) Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org iEYEARECAAYFAklH2jMACgkQ0sRouByUApAbUwCfZaX7Pm9jJjxKmOHZhE5DQcpB 6S8AoLSuy35SuUu3XfxFsUd7OJIYWiYi =2kfG -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"