Phisical 2 Virtual of RedHat 9.0 kernel 2.4 smp

I've made this on a RedHat 8.0 machine... maybe you can find this useful.

This phisical machine is an IBM X series 235 with a RAID 5 server raid controller running  RedHat linux 8.0 kernel 2.4.20-8smp.

I've used the Vmware converter standalone on  my Debian Squeeze laptop to "hot import" this machine.

Unfortunately this tool can't syncrhonize data between phisical and new virtual machine, so before start the migration I had to stop Lotus Domino server to have all databases updated on the virtual machine.

The migration was completed succesfully, and I've powered on my virtual machine but the first problem is here:

A terrible message appear instead of Grub boot menu:

"Cannot load Operating System"

Thinking about.....

Ok, grub is not installed in the MBR; so I've attached a RedHat enterprise linux iso to the VM cdrom,  rebooted into a linux rescue mode; chrooted to the installation and installed grub with:

me@linuxbox#grub-install /dev/sda

then I ran kudzu daemon to remove all old devices configuration (2 broadcom network adapter) and to add new (buslogic SCSI adapter).

Next I've to change hostname and IP address; and install Vmware tools;
don't forget or skip this step, or you'll have a 10 Mbps Nic and you can receive this message in console:

eth0: RUNT packet!

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