Now this is frickin’ genius. I’ve been using VMWare for a while for building test environments – little ring-fenced domains for testing AD and GP and the like, but I’ve just discovered the VMware P2V Assistant. This clever boot-cd will take a physical machine – perhaps running legacy software – and turn it into a virtual machine that’ll run inside VMWare on Linux or Windows.
Got an aging PC that is vital because of the archaic software it runs? But can’t continue to support it because hardware fails and drivers don’t get made for it anymore? Virtualise it! Turn it into a virtual machine that’ll run anywhere.
I *love* this idea. I’ve not tried it yet, but am keen to see if it lives up to the hype.