You have probably tried Disk2VHD and didn’t get far with it. There is a simple reason for that: it’s not meant to be a production software solution; it’s just a little tool to play with and not supported by Microsoft for obvious reasons. However, there is a Disk2VHD alternative that also works with VHD, VHDX, VMDK (VMware ESX, Player, Workstation), and VDI (VirtualBox) files, supports older XP, Windows Server 2003 as well as the newest Windows Server 2016, and also offers V2P and V2V conversions for free.
The trick with BackupChain is that is uses disk image backup to convert a disks from physical to virtual, vice versa, and between virtual formats. All consistent and live, using VSS, similar to Disk2VHD, but the difference is it actually works, and there are many additional features and options that you need for production environments:
- open standard formats
- verification of disks at file level
- verification at block level
- speed throttling
- and much more!
BackupChain is hence the Disk2VHD alternative for XP, VMware, and VirtualBox because it can convert and create VDI, VMDK as well as VHD and VHDX files. Another thing to mention is the universal boot function in BackupChain that improves boot settings of the VM so that the physical to virtual conversion to Hyper-V, VMware, and VirtualBox ends up booting correctly as virtual machine.
Download it here and do the P2V conversion now in just 2 minutes.