Manually restoring raw partclone partition image to a VMWare

This post sums up how to manually restore a partition backup create by Clonezilla (using partclone) into a VMware virtual machine, which can be then either executed or its (virtual) disk mounted. The difficult points are “manual” and “partition backup” (would be much easier with a full disk backup). Normally I restore a backup byContinue reading “Manually restoring raw partclone partition image to a VMWare”

Booting from a USB stick in VMware Player

It isn’t possible to boot from a USB stick under VMware player 3.0.0, because its BIOS is ignorant of USB, but fortunately there is an easy workaround: Download the PLoP boot manager (e.g. plpbt-5.0.10.zip), which supports usb booting Decide whether you want to install PLoP to the virtual hard disk (useful if you will bootContinue reading “Booting from a USB stick in VMware Player”

VMWare: Shrink image even though it’s a snapshot

I needed to shrink a vmware image to save space but it wasn’t possible because it wasn’t an independent disk but a snapshot (rhel3_ws_u4-000001.vmdk etc.) dependant upon the original disk (rhel3_ws_u4-s001.vmdk etc). The steps were: Join the snapshot and the parent disk into one: use the free VMWare Converter (see vmware.com) – perform transformation (import+export)Continue reading “VMWare: Shrink image even though it’s a snapshot”