Acronis and Virtual PC 2007

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by lukemmiller, May 9, 2008.

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  1. lukemmiller

    lukemmiller Registered Member

    May 9, 2008
    I would like to accomplish the following: Make an image of my existing PC. Start Virtual PC and create a new virtual PC that is an copy of my existing PC. Is it possible with Acronis Home? Additionally, can you start the imaging process from the command line? That is necessary in order to make the imaging process part of my build script?

    My reason for doing so is to take snapshots of my development environment and add it to my version control. Then if I need to go back to a particular version, I can do so via Virtual PC.

    TIA for your help.
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

    Nov 3, 2006
    Moving a real computer's image directly into a VM will most likely have the same results as trying to move from one real computer to another real computer. The "hardware" is different. You might be able to use Echo or Echo with UR. Supposedly, Echo will convert images directly to VPC's format, but I don't know if it does an automatic "UR" on them or not (I haven't tried it).

    If it would be possible to create and maintain the environments in a VM, you shouldn't have any problems switching between them. I do that all the time.

    I would recommend seeing if what you want to do will work properly before working on scripting it. It is possible to start a backup task in Windows using a batch file.

    Also, for the TI 11 Full mode to have mouse support in VPC 2007 you'll need to add the following Linux command to ISO build:
    TI 9 and 10 didn't need this and I haven't checked on Echo.
  3. Acronis Support

    Acronis Support Acronis Support Staff

    Apr 28, 2004
    Hello lukemmiller,

    Thank you for your interest in Acronis Disk Backup Software.

    As MudCrab noted, Acronis True Image Echo versions are indeed able to convert disk images into Microsoft Virtual PC (and some other virtual machines) disks, and Acronis Universal Restore is automatically implemented to the process to make the operating system installed on those drives bootable.

    Acronis True Image Echo versions do support starting of the imaging process from command line.

    You can find the detailed information about Acronis True Image Echo versions in the respective User's Guides.

    We recommend you to download a free trial of a version of Acronis True Image Echo depending on your operating system.

    Please be aware that the trial version of Acronis Universal Restore is not available on Acronis web site. In order to obtain the trial version of Acronis Universal Restore please contact Acronis Support Team. Explain your wish to obtain the free trial version of Acronis Universal Restore and provide your personal information (full name; phone number along with the area code; company name, if any) along with the link to this thread. We'll provide you with the free trial version of Acronis Universal Restore as soon as possible.

    Thank you.
    Marat Setdikov
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