TrueImage 2014 => vmware
How do you take a TrueImage 2014 (.tib) file and convert this to a Vmware Image (.vdhx I think)?
In the past there was an ability in previous versions but can't seem to find this in the latest version.
I do see a way to convert to .vhd but this doesn't help with vmware as the converter can't take that format either.
That ability has been long gone. You have to do a Universal restore to a semi functional VM, then convert the VM using the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client so it installs all the tools required to make it functional. This is the only way I've been able to do it recently.
Don't boot the first VM either, the times I have done that, it Windows always failed to reactivate, even over the phone.
VMware doesn't support TIB files created with TI past version 10 or so, which is why the 'That ability has been long gone'. You can still use a bootable ISO/CD to boot a VM that you manually create and restore from the backup as if it were a whole system (hence the universal restore required). We're not backing up or restoring actual VMs here, so technically, since we're dealing with Windows, it works.
It's all a MAJOR hassle, but I have made many backups of physical machines, and turned them into virtual ones this way, through trial and error.
I just successfully loaded a True Image image (2011/v14) as a VMware VM on my W7 PC. It requires TI Universal Restore which I didn't have so bought TI Premium 2014 (v17). It may well work with older TI versions that have universal restore. I use VMware Player free version.
Although these instructions look involved, it actually is very easy if you follow the steps.
There is one catch that others may have a workaround for. When I create a new VM I specify a disk size. But that disk shows up in a partition manager as Uninitialized. Until its initialized, it won't show up as a valid partition to restore your TI image to. I used Acronis Disk Director to initialize the partition - but of course that's another purchase.
Another issue is where TI finds the image (.tib) file. When TI is booted from recovery media, you can hit some snags on searching for files across a network. Save yourself the bother and put the .tib file on a USB drive. You will need to mount that USB drive in you VM by right-clicking on the relevant icon at the top of the VM window and selecting Connect. You must connect the drive BEFORE booting TI otherwise TI won't find it.
1. Use TI to create recovery media as an ISO. ***Include Acronis Disk Director as well as True Image in the recovery (option only available if you have Disk Director on your PC).
2. In VMware Player, create a new VM. The first thing it asks for is where to find the OS, I pointed it at my TI recovery ISO.
Another important point is to make the disk size as big as the original partition that was imaged NOT just the size of the TIB file. Its academic anyway as VMP only uses as much space as it actually needs, but make the virtual drive too small and TI will refuse to restore to that partition.
3. The VM sees the ISO as a CD/DVD drive. It should boot from this but if it doesn't, at boot time you get an option, F2 to enter Setup which is a virtual BIOS setup. Set the boot sequence to start from the CD drive.
4. Boot into Acronis Revovery. Select Disk Director. You will find your virtual hard drive listed as Uninitialized. Initialize it. Reboot the VM.
5. Boot into Acronis Recovery. Select True Image. Use the Restore Disk function to restore your image to your new VM disk partition. If you can't see the source .tib file, read notes above. If your new VM partition is not listed as an option to restore to, read notes above.
Remember to tick the Universal Restore option. I found there was no need to specify any locations to find drivers.
6. I found after the restore had finished and TI was dealing with drivers, it gave an error saying it couldn't find the PCI driver. I selected Ignore All.
7. Reboot. If it still boots into Acronis Recovery, there will be a menu option for Windows. Select that to boot your new windows image. You can always use F2 again to change the boot order.
That's it. For me the new disk, from an unrelated PC (W7x64) ran fine on my W7x32 PC.
I tried this several times and it worked every time.
I actually just got done doing a P2V of a Windows XP MCE system that was using a 3ware 9500S RAID card using TI 2014 Premium and universal restore to switch the boot drive to IDE. Worked fine. You actually don't need the universal restore with Windows, but depending upon the version of Windows and your original boot drive hardware, you may have to know how to change the type of hardware the system is booting off of. There are plenty of how-tos that cover this. Google is your friend.