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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 9, 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 database and Azure specialist in Houston. He previously worked as a Data Platform Solution Architect in 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 currently studying to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2. Connect on LinkedIn

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