Converting physical servers to virtual servers using VMware

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Has anyone had success with using the VMware converter to do this?  And if so, is it recommended or is the preferred method to build the virtual machine from scratch?  Any success/failure stories?
Question by:vianceadmin
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    I have had numerous successes converting Physical to Virtuals using the free converter. If you have an established or older server that would be difficult to recreate from scratch try to convert it. The typical conversion is about 1-2 hours depending on the size of the drives.

    Typically the only issues that come up involve corrupt disks. Usually a chkdsk /r can resolve those issues. For a more powerful tool consider Platespin although that costs $$$.
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    Just converted 3 boxes.  one SQL one Exchange and one File and print server.  Went off without a hitch.  From a purist standpoint I'd say build the boxes from scratch but...  If you want to move servers over to a new box over a weekend do a P2V.  I was pretty shocked at how seemless it was and my environment is pretty crazy.  I wouldn't suggest converting while the server is being used (although I hear this is ok to do)...
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    I have done several hundred P2V migration and they normally go well.  I would be carefull with any machine that uses an application that has MAC Address licensing as well as anything that requires an USB keyfob.  Most servers will convert well but I normally do not convert Domain controllers and build them from scratch.  It's a good idea to have at least one physical DC and if you're going to have virtual domain controllers build a VM from scratch and DCPROMO it into your Active Directory otherwise there may be some connectivity issues as well as weird things with DHCP and other applications.

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