Where to download VMware Cold Clone Converter ISO? This is something users were wondering as VMware no longer provides the product in direct link download or if yes, it's buried somewhere on the VMware site.
Update: You can find this tool on my VMware Free Tools page. I've added a direct download link from my Dropbox folder there.
I'm not sure that the original link when this article was written still works. I hope you will find it useful.
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Why Would You Need VMware Cold Clone ISO?
You cannot do a hot conversion every time. Sometimes you need to perform a cold clone to convert your physical servers in order to capture a “dead” state of the server, with all services, software, DBs shut down. It's sometimes difficult to VSS an application running on a physical server if that particular application was written ages ago.
Then you're asking, where to get the converter cold clone boot CD?
So, there exists the cold-clone disc. This is a bootable CD-ROM disc that you actually boot the physical server from. The disc contains a pre-installed Windows 2003 image that runs a built-in version of Converter. Since you boot from the CD, none of the server’s processes start-up so you can get a good clone of the hard drive.
In case you want to download the cold clone converter you must go to my free tools page.
VMware does not provide a link to the download any longer and I believe this tool is no longer supported.
Sometimes a conversion of a system just does not work. You can try using the vCenter Converter bootable CD to do the conversion because that would bypass for example a Linux OS by booting off the CD and doing the conversion from there.
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