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We're about to convert a critical SQL server and 2 Exchanger servers to run on vSPhere4 and have a few questions

To convert we're going to run a cold-clone but it doesn't appear to have the option to set Thin Provisioning.  Do we need to convert the server first and then move to another datastore and choose Thin Provisoining for the migration.  Or is there another way?

Secondly, after conversion do people bother with removing the redundant hidden NICs.  I'd have thought it's no biggie as it would have to be a very deliberate\daft act to re-enable?

And finally, after previous conversions weve found we sometimes need to remove the new VM from the domain and readd.  We dont really want to have to do this with our critical server, particularly Exchange.  Are we doing something wrong?


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We're about to convert a critical SQL server and 2 Exchanger servers to run on vSPhere4 and have a few questions

To convert we're going to run a cold-clone but it doesn't appear to have the option to set Thin Provisioning.  Do we need to convert the server first and then move to another datastore and choose Thin Provisoining for the migration.  Or is there another way?

--You don't need to do a cold-clone, I would shutdown the SQL Services.  The only way to make it thin is to choose the option "copy all disks and maintain layout" otherwise you'll have to go with a flat volume structure.  This can always be changed using sMotion I believe by copying to a different store and choosing thin.

As part of the conversion you can choose to shutdown the old server and bring down the VM.

Secondly, after conversion do people bother with removing the redundant hidden NICs.  I'd have thought it's no biggie as it would have to be a very deliberate\daft act to re-enable?

--As part of good practice remove any hardware that's not used, nics, serial, parellel ports, etc..

And finally, after previous conversions weve found we sometimes need to remove the new VM from the domain and readd.  We dont really want to have to do this with our critical server, particularly Exchange.  Are we doing something wrong?

--normally not needed but I would also remind you to remove and hardware specific apps, such as HP Insight Agents, and Dell OpenManage software, these take a good chunck of resources.
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