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Physical to Virtual Conversion – Disk2Vhd

Disk2vhd is a new freeware tool from Microsoft you can use to do a P2V on a running physical machine. You can get it from here: It doesn’t solve HAL problems. If you run into HAL problems after using this tool, my blog post on virtual machine migration explains HAL problems and what do to about them. You may need to vhd mount your vhd and replace the HAL.

Published Friday, October 09, 2009 12:05 AM by John Paul Cook

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Kevin Kline said:

I just posted a new entry on my SQLMag Tool Time blog that you might enjoy. Thanks to my friend and fellow

October 9, 2009 1:08 PM

woestyn said:


I have had too many problems with disk2vhd. Instead I used virtualbox with vm_converter. Very good results. Here is the instruction page for that :

April 24, 2011 10:44 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is a Data Platform Solution Architect working out of Microsoft's Houston office. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a SQL Server MVP. He is experienced in SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. John is also a Registered Nurse who graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. He volunteers as a nurse at a clinic that treats low income and uninsured patients. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Opinions expressed in John's blog are strictly his own and do not represent Microsoft in any way.

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