P2V Conversion of Production Systems
Posted on 2009-05-20
I'm planning on performing a P2V conversion of our live production servers using System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM). The end result I want to achieve is to have a virtual test replication of our environment.
I've converted a live member server as a test and everything seems to be Ok with the VM.
I want to start moving on now to converting the GC, Exchange 2003, SQL 2005 and MOSS 2007 servers.
I'm a bit concerned about running this on the live servers. What are the risks involved with each server? Are there a number of different steps for each server that I need to follow to avoid causing problems with the physical server?
Also, I presume I need to stop the Exchange and SQL services to avoid any db nasties? Do I also need to take everything offline on the servers or perfrom the P2V as an offline conversion?