VMWare P2V on physical DMZ server

Posted on 2009-12-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am currently migrating all of our physical servers to a new VMWare environment.  A handful of our servers are in a DMZ, and I'm wondering what the best way is to convert them and move them onto our virtualized environment.  What is the best way to do a P2V on these DMZ servers so that I can import the files to our VMWare infrastructure?  What I was attempting to do was setup a laptop with plenty of space and install the standalone client/server version of converter so I could get the disk files and then connect up to the network where our VMWare implementation sits and import them.  However, the converter utility wants to convert by doing the P2V from the DMZ server directly to a VMWare host.  I'd just like to creat the file and manually copy it over.
Question by:jpletcher1
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    Install vmware server on the laptop and import there then move the Host network and import again into ESX.

    Does the laptop have vmware server on it?
    If it's a XP machine use ver. 1.0.10:
    Download site:

    Vista need to ver 2.0.2 also on the same page as 2.0.
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    "I'd just like to creat the file and manually copy it over."
    So I'm assuming you want all the resulting P2V VMs on your laptop and you will upload to your production VI manually using VI client?
    Ok in order to achieve what you want to do, you need to do extra work as the converter only send P2V VMs directly to an esx/esxi/vcs but it can be done if your laptop has not less than 4GB ram.
    This is what i did, install vmware workstation 7 on your laptop, create VM & install esxi(bridge or host only network connection). Start the P2V normally using the installed converter and send all the P2V VMs to this virtual esxi. You can always copy out the VMs using the installed client on your laptop and you can also use the same client to upload VMs to the prod VI.

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