Windows 10: Create VM from physical machine

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  1. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       02 Mar 2016 #11

    Well take a look at any OS. Where does it load into? RAM! With the more intensive graphics, sound, memory grabbing CAD, etc. you are then primarily looking at hardware based rather virtual environments unless as you mentioned sufficient access to physical host components is present. I think most will find that VMware being a primarily commercially applied software while still providing free to try out at home versions will exceed any expectations some might have for VBox's capabilities in that area. VMware is commercial while VBox is still open source there but not as involved as far as the program structure. A good number of things are simply not supported on VBox being the small guy there.
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  2.    02 Mar 2016 #12

    Hi there

    I think we are getting a little off topic here - but isn't VBOX part of or associated with ORACLE -- I believe another commercial organisation.

    I've though used VMWARE over the years and usually found it OK.

    Anyway I merely gave a suggestion on how to Virtualise a physical machine - standard process known as P2V. Nobody is forced to chose that method - but to say it's only for Servers is a bit of rubbish when I said quite clearly use the Stand alone version.

    Now if it doesn't meet your requirements - that's fine but don't throw irrelevancies into the argument. In any case once you've created your VM you can always shrink the size of the Virtual "C" drive or whatever with GPARTED, backup and restore again - then you've got your OS on the small disk.

    With Linux you might also have to re-install GRUB2 if the /boot partition changes.

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  3. Night Hawk's Avatar
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       02 Mar 2016 #13

    The one thing that might work here would be trying this out with a smaller image I keep on one of the storage drives here for either one of the laptops or second build I use for testing things. One laptop no longer working had a 500gb there and the new one with 10 preinstalled a 750gb. Then I have the older 10240 clean but need to see another made from upgrading over the Threshold 2 for the 104271 now on everything including the main.

    Getting back on the VMware vCenter problem while the regular VM Player and now WS 12 works like a champ every time the Converter program has it's own reality there.

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    I've been all over the VMware support and community as well as seeing a general Bing search on the web and the only close to that particular error is described as the need to replace something after you have already been running the program where you have a menu to work with. Manually going into the services.msc to start the services up sees the other two of three start right up on the spot while the Standalone Server flops!
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