|Brian Stempin on 8 Feb 2009 13:42:47 -0800|
If VMWare is your poison of choice, then you'll like this: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
Basically, from a second machine on the same network, you install VMWare Converter. Once you run it, you can remotely connect to your laptop via admin user credentials. VMW Converter will then install a small agent that will allow it to do a block-level copy of the laptop while its powered on. In the end, it produces a VMW virtual disk and a basic VMW VM config file. You can use this virtual disk on any up-to-date VMWare Server or Player installation. For better performance and useability, you can install some optional drivers (provided by VMWare) that allow the VM to interact more seamlessly with the host system.
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