vmware convertor 3.1 vmware player 2.02
acronis true image server/workstation 9.1
install acronis & make an image or use an image from before install player & restart cpu install convertor
"import" the 3rd party (acronis) image -> vmware player standalone
choose the destination (make sure it has enough room - ostensibly enough for the size as listed by the acronis image uncompressed)
choose a vm name (the name of the "guest os" file)
vm options -i chose to pre-allocate - since this is a trial, but I believe in "production" virtualisation we will allow images to grow
Networks - I chose bridged - since my image uses DHCP and that's fully compatible with windows (the virtual machine will act just like a real computer on the LAN)
-NAT means VMware runs like ICS for windows or NAT on a router to the virtual machine(s)
-host only means VMWare runs a virtual network only (169...)
I chose to install vmtools but not to customise: I don't need a new cpu name, ip addr, win license, domain, etc.
started 14:52 (it creates a destination folder)
vmware networking! http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,1156371,00.asp
There are two ways to allow the virtual machine to shut down completely. If
you do not plan to equip this virtual machine in the future with two virtual
CPUs (instead of the default one), you can add a statement using a text editor
to this VM's .vmx file. Edit it with a text editor such as BBEdit or textwrangler while its virtual power is off. Add this line:
gui.exitonCLIHLT = "TRUE"
(Use of TextEdit on .vmx files is not recommended, because it can
inject formatting errors if you cut-and-paste in the wrong way.)
Now your VM will shut down cleanly.
The other way to get the VM to shut down cleanly is to change its HAL to an
ACPI HAL. Microsoft does not support changing Windows XP HALs from non-ACPI to ACPI except by reinstalling Windows.
You are not required to do a clean install; rather, re-installing XP on top of
an existing installation will suffice. You may need to press F5 during the
non-GUI portion of the reinstall, when the Windows installer is prompting you
to press F6 for new drivers, to choose a new HAL explicitly. Choose ACPI
Uniprocessor HAL if you wish this VM to run with one virtual CPU, or ACPI
Multiprocessor HAL if two. (To get multi-CPU operation, you must also edit the
settings of this virtual machine in VMware Fusion, setting the number of CPUs
This VM also won't be able to do high-speed USB 2.0, because it is
effectively a Workstation 5 VM, and high-speed USB 2.0 is a Workstation 6 and Fusion
feature. If you want to use your iSight camera or a USB 2.0 disk in your VM, add this line to your new VM's .vmx file:
ehci.present = "TRUE"