Cloning Physical/Virtual Machine

When you have a VMWare ESXi server, there is a free VMWare Converter tool available to convert both physical and virtual machines to an ESXi virtual machine.


  1. For Windows machine, you do need the ESXi server as a destination, for Linux machines, you can just convert them to a VMWare image. You also need to turn off simple file sharing and the firewall.
  2. If the conversion process fails, you may get weird error messages when you try to re-run the process. I had to uninstall and re-install the Converter tool.