Converting an (old) physical system into a VMWare image in order to move legacy systems from physical boxes into virtual computing can be an ugly process. Especially Windows is not very cooperative when the system hardware is changed totally.
Now VMWare Converter 3.0 comes to the rescue. It’s still in beta and it’s free for download. Sources say that it will stay freeware even after officiel release.
Using a snapshot based cloning mechanism that is extremely fast and reliable, VMware Converter enables remote conversions without disrupting the source server during the conversion process.
Haven’t tried it yet myself, but this is something we have waited for!