[Libguestfs] Need DETAILED help using p2v

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Wed Dec 19 22:47:24 UTC 2012

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 03:03:58PM -0500, Bob Buckley wrote:
> This is something I want to do over my holiday vacation to continue
> to broaden my skills.
> I am experimenting (learning) about moving a Win7 physical drive to
> a VM under my CSB. I'm struggling a little on the steps when using
> our RH documentation (perhaps it is clear if you are an RHCE but it
> isn't to someone trying to learn from it initially combined with
> Google searches) so asking if anyone has any one-off how to scripts
> for this scenario? The two drives (Win7 and CSB) are two different
> hard drives both bootable on my laptop so it should be simple but...

First step is to download or build the P2V ISO.  If you have access to
RHN, it's located here:

  (found from https://access.redhat.com/knowledge/solutions/143813)

If you are using Fedora then you'll need to build the ISO yourself by
following the instructions here:

  http://libguestfs.org/virt-v2v/ ("Binaries - virt-p2v")

You will also need a RHEL 6 (or Fedora) virtualization host which has
the virt-v2v software installed.

Boot from the ISO somehow.  There are several ways to do this.  Of
course you could burn it to a physical CD and boot from that.  Or you
could attach the ISO + the Win7 drive to a virtual machine and boot
the VM from the ISO.  Probably the VM approach is going to be more
flexible for testing and gaining experience.

Follow the instruction on screen which amount to telling the P2V disk
where the virtualization host is located, and the login details for
that host.

> I have been pointed to several existing pages that are all written
> for the EXPERIENCED RHCE but not for the novice. Appreciate any
> assistance you can provide.

If you find any problems, ask Matt Booth, post to this list, and/or
file bugs.  We also have the public #libguestfs channel on Freenode or
a #v2v channel on the Red Hat VPN.


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