So, there is this system that we have that is purchased as an "appliance", which basically means it is a 1U server running linux. I'd like to VM it, but I'm not sure what I'm looking at when I start gathering information on the box. And when I build my VM, I can get Debian / Ubuntu to see the virtual disk but the "recovery" disk for this "appliance" won't. I think it might have something to do with a RAM drive, or maybe they have configured the kernel to support only certain drivers.

Ideas?

Code:
bash-2.05b# df -h
Filesystem                Size      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/ram0                29.0M     17.8M     11.2M  61% /
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /mnt/rw
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /dev
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /etc
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /home
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /usr/cids
/dev/sda2               174.7M     31.4M    134.3M  19% /lib/modules
/dev/boot                75.9M     37.7M     34.3M  52% /boot
none                      5.0M         0      5.0M   0% /tmp
none                      8.0M     76.0k      7.9M   1% /var
none                  16384.0T         0  16384.0T   0% /mnt/huge
/dev/data                 2.8G    543.0M      2.1G  20% /usr/cids/idsRoot/var
none                     12.0M         0     12.0M   0% /usr/cids/idsRoot/var/tmp/ipc
none                     31.0M     28.7M      2.3M  92% /usr/cids/idsRoot/var/eventStore


bash-2.05b# mount
/dev/ram0 on / type ext2 (rw)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /mnt/rw type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /dev type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /etc type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /home type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /usr/cids type ext3 (rw)
/dev/sda2 on /lib/modules type ext3 (rw)
/dev/boot on /boot type ext3 (ro)
none on /tmp type tmpfs (rw)
none on /var type tmpfs (rw)
none on /dev/pts type devpts (rw)
none on /mnt/huge type hugetlbfs (rw)
/dev/data on /usr/cids/idsRoot/var type ext3 (rw,noatime)
none on /usr/cids/idsRoot/var/tmp/ipc type tmpfs (rw)
none on /usr/cids/idsRoot/var/eventStore type tmpfs (rw)



bash-2.05b# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
ipt_state                608   1  (autoclean)
ip_conntrack           22356   0  (autoclean) [ipt_state]
iptable_filter          1760   1  (autoclean)
ip_tables              12544   2  [ipt_state iptable_filter]
e1000-cids            147116   2
cids-shared           570728   4  [e1000-cids]
cidmodcap               2496   8



bash-2.05b# fdisk /dev/sda

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 2213.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger than 1024,
and could in certain setups cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (e.g., old versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs
   (e.g., DOS FDISK, OS/2 FDISK)

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/sda: 18.2 GB, 18210036736 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2213 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1          10       80293+  83  Linux
/dev/sda2              11          33      184747+  83  Linux
/dev/sda3              34          34        8032+  83  Linux
/dev/sda4              35         400     2939895   83  Linux

Command (m for help):



bash-2.05b# cat /proc/meminfo
        total:    used:    free:  shared: buffers:  cached:
Mem:  923475968 891359232 32116736        0  7356416 105910272
Swap:        0        0        0
MemTotal:       901832 kB
MemFree:         31364 kB
MemShared:           0 kB
Buffers:          7184 kB
Cached:         103428 kB
SwapCached:          0 kB
Active:          68420 kB
Inactive:        42228 kB
HighTotal:      131008 kB
HighFree:         1700 kB
LowTotal:       770824 kB
LowFree:         29664 kB
SwapTotal:           0 kB
SwapFree:            0 kB
-------------------------------------
     HugePages_Total :   208
              lowmem :    32
             highmem :   176
HugePages_Free_Total :     0
              lowmem :     0
             highmem :     0
        Hugepagesize :  4096 kB
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bash-2.05b#