I have two ESX3.0 in cluster connecting to NetApp SAN using iSCSI. I also have VirtualCenter server and P2V tool and know how to use P2V tool to virtualize regular physical machine.
There are two domain controllers (Windows 2003 standard in mixed mode) called DC1 and DC2. I like to virtualize both domain controllers but not sure of the exact steps because I hear it takes special steps to virtualize domain controller. To start the discussion, l post a few general questions here. Please feel free to add more points if I miss them.
Q#1. Any preparation before virtulizing DC1? eg. any role change/transfer, service shutdown/start manually?
Q#2. Do I need to cold boot DC1 using P2V or I can run P2V inside DC1?
Q#3. Any step right after virtualizing DC1? eg. any role change/transfer, service shutdown/start manually?
Thanks a lot.