[kwlug-disc] Unique VM Installation
rarsa at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 8 16:33:44 EDT 2011
In my experience, the recover images for a particular computer only work on the
computer they were intended for. Trying to install to a virtual will complain.
Software, Hardware and Practices
An eclectic collection of random thoughts
----- Original Message ----
From: John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca>
To: kwlug-disc <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
Sent: Fri, April 8, 2011 10:07:36 AM
Subject: [kwlug-disc] Unique VM Installation
Can anyone think of how I might go about installing from the system partition of
my Lenovo workstation into a VM?
The system partition (sda1) is a Windows PE environment with recovery and
restore tools that will image the other partition on the disk with the copy of
Windows that was licensed with the system. Windows users are normally not shown
that partition, it's hidden. Normally the Lenovo rescue will install into
another partition on the disk, but with VM it seems we don't use partitions any
more. I bet it avoids installing on another disk to avoid the issue of pirating
(yeah DRM :-().
I figure I could:
1. try to find a way to have KVM see a disk as a partitioned device and DD the
system partition into the virtual partition,
2. Trick the Lenovo restore utility into installing onto another disk,
3. Find the image and somehow do an install with another tool,
4. Wipe my Linux box, do the install, take an image, re-install Linux and
I'm hoping to avoid the obvious #4 option.
John Van Ostrand
Net Direct Inc.
564 Weber St. N. Unit 12, Waterloo, ON N2L 5C6
Ph: 866-883-1172 x5102
Linux Solutions / IBM Hardware
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