Post by James H. Markowitz
I have a Slackware VM that I have taken some time tuning up and
configuring. What I would like to do now is to take the VM and install
it as native in actual iron. If anybody in this forum has tackled this
issue I would be interested to learn about their experiences.
I've not done that particular task. But I have done something similar a
number of times.
Linux is quite forgiving about moving hardware. It's possible, and not
overly difficult, to copy an install from one piece of (virtual)
hardware to another piece of (virtual) hardware.
Make sure that your disks are functionally the same and that your broad
platform type (BIOS vs EFI) is the same. Copy data from the source to
the destination. Install the boot loader. Tweak settings for
differences between the hardware, like the NIC's MAC address.
It's possible to overcome bigger changes (different disk / file system
layout, processor, memory, maybe even BIOS vs EFI) but they do take more
work. I suggest that you stick with as close as reasonably possible
when first trying.
If it helps, I've used this method both personally and professionally
for the last 10+ years. I've successfully restored multiple systems
from full backups using this method many a time. I've also done similar
to restore Solaris systems.
Grant. . . .
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