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How I can migrate a physical Mac OS Server to a virtual machine?

Article ID: 5403, created on Jun 30, 2008, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Parallels Server for Mac


To migrate a physical machine running Mac OS X 10.x Server, follow these steps:
1. Attach an external USB drive with a size equivalent to or more than your Mac Server hard drive.
2. Boot your physical Server from the Mac OS X installation CD.
3. When the Install Mac OS X Server window appears, go to the Utilities menu and choose Disk Utility.
4. In Disk Utility, choose your Mac Server hard drive (not Macintosh HD). Go to File -> New -> Disk Image from disk0xxx.
5. Under Save As, specify the name for the image file. Under Where choose the external hard drive.
6. Click Save and wait until the image is created.
7. Connect Parallels Management Console to your Parallels Server for Mac where the resulting virtual machine should be stored.
8. In Parallels Management Console (PMC), create a new Mac OS X Server virtual machine using the Mac OS X installation CD/DVD.
9. After the new virtual machine is fully created, attach the external hard drive with the image file to the Mac OS X virtual machine and copy that image file to the virtual machine hard drive.
10. Shut down the virtual machine and go to the Configuration menu (in PMC) -> Hardware. Click on the + button and create the second hard drive.
11. Start the virtual machine and open Disk Utility. Go to Restore tab.
Under Source, browse for the Mac OS X image file (stored on the main hard drive). From the left column choose the second (newly created) Macintosh HD and drag and drop it into the Destination field.
12. Go to Images menu (on top of the Mac screen) and choose Scan Image for Restore. Wait until it is scanned.
13. Click the Restore button. Wait until the image is restored to the chosen drive.
14. After restoring is complete, shut down the virtual machine. Go to Configuration menu -> Hardware and use the - button to delete the first hard drive.
15. Start your virtual machine and check if the physical Mac machine was migrated correctly.

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