I found this cool link to whitebox with your ESX servers.. check it out!
Thanks to a fellow VMUG User (Vlad N)
ESX / ESXi 4.0 Whitebox HCL: “Motherboards and unsupported servers that work with ESX 4.0 and / or ESXi 4.0 Installable
Lasted updated – 2010.02.02″
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Shadow Protect IT Edition is a product that I love to use… especially for P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversions..
Benefit that I found are:
It allows you to create an image of a server, PC, notebook, etc and then push it to anything you want..
PC to Notebook, server to VM, VM to server, PC to VM, etc..
I keep every image file that I make… this comes in handy after a P2V as sometimes the applications owner wants to see there system prior to the P2V.
I simply get a piece of hardware, push the image, and let them have it..
Also, I can mount the image file and give them access as a file share..
Check them out..