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Creating Guest VM (Citrix XenServer)

Hello All,

Well, I have 2 physical servers running server 2003 standard, both are running xenapp. I plan to image these to servers and convert them to VM's. I have already configured the blade which is running Citrix XenServer Essentials. I am trying to find a way to make an image of my existing servers and convert them to VM's. I am going from 2 hp proliants to 1 hp blade running Citrix XenServer. I was told there was a way to do this to avoid having to install the OS's and reconfigure xenapp. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks~
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nappy_dCommented:
You will need the Free vmware converter http://www.vmware.com/converter This will allow you to perform hot cloning.
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ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
I'm not a vmware kind of guy, plus that means I have to convert my physical server to vdm, then convert that to xva, not worth the time nor the risk of damaged data.
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nappy_dCommented:
And the beauty of VMWare, you can test these in a "playground" without bringing down your live production servers.  If you don't like it,, kill it and go with a different solution.  However, if you want to convert them to VM, I read this as you want to move to VMWare.
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ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
so once i use the vmware converter, do i convert it again with a special tool then put it on a disk then import into citrix as a vm or what?
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nappy_dCommented:
sorry you have lost me there...Why are you importing into Citrix as a VM?
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ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
I just want to take a physical server and convert it to vm. After that I need to import it to XenServer Esssentials, how do i do it?
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nappy_dCommented:
I think then you may want to look at Microsoft's virtualization and not VMWare as MS and Citrix are "in bed" together and have been so for years.  Look at these links:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/overview/vsmtwhitepaper.mspx

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualserver/bb676674.aspx
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ValleyENTAuthor Commented:
So basically I have to pay to get this done? What about XenConverter, I installed that on my physicaly server, but it was asking me for my XenServer host, which doesn't make sense to me yet, because you can't really can't send it to the XenServer as it is linux and on blades. Why can't I just image my system as an ISO then load it to XenServer that way as a new VM? Is this possible?
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Scott AIT ManagerCommented:
I'm still new to Xen & VMWare but I believe when the xenconverter asked for your host, that would be your xenserver. I believe the converter will take the physical server and automatically create the VM on the host (your blade Xenserver).
I'm currently looking at both XenServer & VMWare ESXi since both are now free.
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