Just starting to get into virtualisation, and I can see how useful it will be A friend has lent me a server to play with (Server 2003). I would like to take an image of this server, and then run the server virtually on my laptop so that I can play around with it (read break it lots). This will leave the real server untouched and still running while I play around with new ideas in a virtual environment, that will in future be put back onto the server.... ...which leads me to the next question. I have heard that it is possible to port virtual servers while they are still running. What is the best software to use to do this? I have Virtual PC, but it cannot "run" my Acronis Images, and Virtual PC cannot make its own images. I could install Server 2003 on my laptop in Virtual PC, but then I will not have any of the configuration that is present on the server that has been lent to me. I really want to run that server's setup, data etc in a virtual environment that I can play with.