to move a physical machine to esx server

Posted on 2009-04-29
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
how can I move a physical machine to the vmware esx 3.5? could you please tell me as detailed?
Question by:teodor76
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    You should use the vCenter Converter for this, it's free.

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    by:vmwarun - Arun
    I would be in a better position to suggest you if you could tell me what sort of service is the physical Server running. (Whether the server is a DNS Server, Domain Controller, Web Server, etc)

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    Install the Converter Service on the server that you want to migrate to a VM and install the application itself on another server or your client computer.

    To migrate the server, I recommend to stop all unneccessary services on the server, especially database services like MS SQL, mySQL, Exchange etc. then start the application on you client computer or where you installed it, point it to the server that you want to migrate and as a target specify your ESx server. Start the migration and wait. Theat can take a lot of time. After the migration shutdown the server and then start the virtual machine. You likely have to reactivate Windows. Check if everything works.

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