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How do I use Converter to safely convert an Exchange 2003 server to virtual

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We are using VMware Infrastucture/ESX Server to set up an off-site DR location of all of our servers, and am wondering what precautions need to be addressed while using VMware Converter to convert an Exchange 2003 server. I realize that a complete backup should be done prior, but other things such as taking the IS offline I can't find documentation anywhere. If anyone has experience with this, I would love to hear from you.
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  
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Hi

I have also converted a Exchange Server 2007 to a VM, and after power on the VM i found no problem with the server.

Jail
Has anyone been able to convert exchange 2000, because of the stupid M drive it creates?
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That should be in it's own question.

M: isn't actually created, it is just a representation.  If the VMWare converter wants to play with it anyway, I would recommend you disable the M: - there is a reg-hack to do so.

Personally, I wouldn't use anything like converter on an Exchange server, but am intrigued by the success demonstrated here and may have to give it a go :)  What I normally do is a flat out migration - there is no downtime, and it is (IMHO) safer.

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sunshineknox:

Don't select to convert the M: drive in the first place?
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  
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Hi

You can easily converter a Exchange Serve with no problem. I have done this several times and had no problem.

You can also disable the M drive.

This is the easy way

http://www.petri.co.il/remove_the_m_drive_mapping_in_e2k.htm

Then you can restore it

http://www.petri.co.il/restore_the_m_drive_mapping_in_exchange_2003.htm

Hope this can help you all

Jail

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