I am in Lafayette, Indiana this week at DFRWS2006. A gent from CERT was present and demonstrating an excellet tool called "Live View" which, from first impressions to be a p2v GUI that automates running dd images in vmware. It appears that the features of it are far beyond what dd2vmdk does in some respects: you appear to point it at an image upon which it:
* generates a vmware vmdk
* generates a corresponding virtual machine definition
* fixes up the driver boot problem
* optionally lets one set the time to a different value.
* automatically boots up the image in vmware
On the downside, it doesnt appear to handle disk images, just partition images. This introduces further complications such as having to specify the OS used, and remapping of drive letters, which they do however handle. I am not convinced that their insistence of replacing the MBR is necessary either.
When I get back from DFRWS I will be testing if it does handle disk images, and if it does, how it copes with geometry problems and LDM.