Virtual Server, iomega and my laptop

Ever since IE 7 was installed on my laptop I have had problem with my laptop. So much so that I un-installed IE 7, however made problem worse! Over the last few weeks it has p*ss me off some much that I am finally decided to formatting my laptop to start again. But before I did that, I need a way to back it up.

 

Friday night:

I dug up my iomega portable USB HD, there is only 50 GB of data on my laptop so using it backup software, it tool only 40 minutes or so. The door bell rang and it was friends coming over for dinner and to play cards. Ellen finally made it home at 15 minutes after they came over.

 

Saturday morning: (well before noon)

It dawn on me that my idea of restoring my laptop to VS 2k5 R2 would not be simple because it does not support USB devices. [I can hear it now from both Mark, Stephen and Craig, but VMware does… but I still like VS  ] So I had a creating a new VHD and copying the data to it.

 

  • Since my portable HD is 250 GB I create a VHD that size.
  • I then turn off one of my test VM and attached the HD to it as an IDE HD. Oops, IDE HDs need to be less that 128 GB in size. Grrr, I don’t want to add SISC HD to new VM of my Laptop….
  • Created a second VHS 100 GB in size and Map it onto my VM.
  • Copied the backup from the iomega drive to the VHD via the network. (This is a slow, I finished watching Inside Man)
  • While the copy was going on, I have created the VM for the laptop.
  • Find the Whitepaper and/or tools to convert for Physical to Virtual. I’m pretty sure that there is a reskit tool to do this but if there is one I would not find it nor could I find a reference to it on Ben Armstrong’s blog.
  • Because the copy too so long I did finally find VSMT but it need ADS to work. Why does it have to be so complicated?

 

What I have learned: (so far)

  • I need to read Ben’s Blog not just skim it! There is a lot of good stuff there.
  • I had almost convinced Ellen that I need a new laptop instead of re-building this one, because I hate re-building my main PC!
  • Don’t format the VHD as NTFS!!!! Only FAT32 only.
  • Iomega automatic backup pro software does not work!!!

Ideas for next time:

  • Use VHDMount and backup my laptop directly to a VHD.
  • Find the Whitepaper and/or tools to convert for Physical to Virtual. I’m pretty sure that there is a reskit tool to do this but if there is one I would not find it nor could I find a reference to it on Ben Armstrong’s blog. It could have been that When I though about this idea I was just starting to drink my second cup of coffee.

 

So after all the playing I have done so far today, I still DON’T a full backup of my laptop that I trust. My office is clean, Road House 2 is a crappy movie, and it time to try out the Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit, but that is tomorrow’s task.

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