Vmware Converter too slow

I am new to vmware products.
I am using Vmware 3.5 ESXI and Vmware Converter 3.0.3 build 89816 free enterprise edition.
I am converting online PS2V 100gb server and it's taking 12hrs to convert and 12 hrs to import to host server.
My host server is HP Proliant ML G4 server with 8gig RAM.
Can anyone tell me why this is drastically slow.
can i use any other tools to convert PS2V??? (not too expensive)

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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Please update the speed of the Source NIC and the NICs present in the ESXi Host. (Whether the NICs are Fast Ethernet or Gigabit Ethernet)

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Make sure you're on a gigabit switch as mentioned above.

I would download vConverter 4.0, it is a bit faster then 3.0.3 and make sure the system you have vConverter installed on is also on a Gigabit switch.

At times it may say 12 hours or a certain percentage but it doesn't mean that that's the exact time.  Normally I get about 1GB  per minute unless the server it's coming from is being taxed or has a lot of small files which take more overhead to convert

My $.02

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Ensure speed and duplex are correct at both the host and switch.
Just went through the same issue (found one host at 100/half).
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vmwarun - ArunCommented:
What service is the physical Server hosting ? Please note that during the Conversion process are saved separately in a file. Once the conversion completes, the VMware vConverter would commit the data present in the file to the VMDK file.

This will take longer if the Source Machine frequently gets updated with data during the process of conversion.
PeterMatthewsAuthor Commented:
I have  moved to gigabit and it speeded up alot..

I have another question:
On this vmware host server, i want to configure one of the VM's server to be a backup server running Symantec Backup exec 12.5. As a daily routine i will be backing/restore up all VM server's and files/folders.
I have allocated an external scsi tape drive and seperate scsi adaptor for this tape.
can i use VM server as a backup server?

I read articles, asking to install tape drive on a physical server rather than VM. also installing VCB.
Can some one please shade light on this?

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
You can use a tape drive inside a VM but I wouldn't recommend it. VMWare will do scsi "pass through" but the performance will suffer compared to physical installations
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
paulsolov is spot on.

Using a VM as a Backup Server will put strain on the resources of the Host.

What type of backup options are you looking at ?
PeterMatthewsAuthor Commented:
I want to backup all users home drives, sql server, virtual machines and exhange database using latest symantec 12.5 backup exec.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
There are two ways to Backup using Backup Exec 12.5 I would recommmend installing hte media server on a physical machine with the tape drive and either using VCB and scripting or the VI agent for Backup Exec (will also need VCB but VM backups are integrated into the gui)
PeterMatthewsAuthor Commented:
I am currently using Vmware Converter Enterprise Starter edition 3.0.3-89816.
I want to schedule to convert 6 servers P2V over the weekend/off peak hours.
can i use this tool to it? if yes, please give me step by step instruction.
if not, please advise which is the best tool.
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