RE: SEMI-OT: Cloning OEL4 and Oracle 10gR2 to VMWare

VMWare Converter will do exactly what you need, and is either free, or
free to try:

https://www.vmware.com/tryvmware/?p=converter

No need to try to do this manually.  We go through this routinely when
we move from physical to virtual machines.

Matt

-----Original Message-----
From: oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:oracle-l-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rich Jesse
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 2:31 PM
To: ORACLE-L
Subject: SEMI-OT: Cloning OEL4 and Oracle 10gR2 to VMWare

Hey all,

I have a small standalone OEL4 box running a 10.2.0.3 Grid Control OMS
with
a 10.2.0.3 Repository DB.  I need to migrate this to Grid Control
10.2.0.5
for some plugin work.

Since I have no development box to test the migration, I thought a VM
would
work.  I tried Sun's VirtualBox, but the 1.5GB RAM limit on a 32-bit VM
was
too restrictive, so I'm attempting VMWare Player 3.0.0 now.

My sticking point is how to get the server from the physical box to the
VM. 
Normally, I'd tar/gzip the whole drive (30GB used) to a drive, boot off
a
USB or CD and restore the tarball to the new box's HDD.  But VMWare
Player
doesn't seem to have a bootpath option for doing this for a particular
VM.

I was also thinking that I should be able to copy non-OS directories
from
Production over to the VM, since I have never upgraded it's original
OEL4
install (i.e. no subscription to up2date services).  But I'd also have
to
pull several files from /etc /usr/local/bin and possibly others to get
new
users, passwords, configs, etc. and I'm thinking that this method could
be
fraught with problems of missed files.

Thoughts?  Anyone does this before?  Pointers?

TIA!
Rich


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