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Hi,
I am looking at ways of creating a test environment for a user in my organisation.  I want to create a virtual copy of 2 servers and have it set up so that the user can 'mess' with them and not effect the physical production servers.
I was thinking maybe creating a vswitch which is seperate from the network, and have the 2 servers linked together here so that it would replicate the setup but not interfere with anything else.
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Do you want an exact one to one copy of the physical Servers ?
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yes.
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You can use VMware vConverter 4.0 to take a clone of the physical box and move it to VMware Workstation or VMware Server or VMware ESX depending on your requirement.

What is the OS of the physical Server ?
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yeah i know that but is there a way of having the 2 servers seperate from the rest of the domain  for testing?
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You can have that.

Take a clone of the physical Servers and move them to VMware Workstation.
Do not bind a vNIC to them. This will prevent IP and SID Conflicts in case the physical Servers are Windows based.
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yes there are windows based, so when migrating do i not assign any NIC or you mean after the migration ?
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When using VMware vConverter, you can clone it exactly as it is.
When you power on the VM, please do not bind it to a physical adapter since this will cause SID Conflict.
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will give it ago and report back thanks for your time.
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Hi,
Im a little confused with the test environment I am creating.
I have migtared over one of my servers I wish to test from physical to virtual.
You said don't assign a NIC card which is ok, but If i want to power on the server and don things on it won't it need an IP address? I could assign a different IP to it but the server dns name qould be the same and cause conflicts, I need a memeber of staff to access the test server so not sure how he will do this if he can't access it by IP/DNS because I doesn't have a NIC card.
Thanks
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