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VMware Converter - Synchronize changes that occur to the source during cloing.

LanMan6401
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Underneath the check box, it mentions stopping key services.  Is this the only measure it takes or does it actually try to sync files that have changed since it started to virtualize that server?
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Senior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008
Commented:
It uses VSS. If there are any files that have changed it will put them in VSS and sync them after the initial migration
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

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For this you can't resize the volumes, they have to be the same size

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Awesome, that's what I wanted to hear.  I will not be changing the volume sizes, server is migrating over as identical as possible.  I plan on stopping as many services as possible before migrating to make it as easy as possible. I like the word possible.

I have another question concerning this that I just thought of, I will post a new question.
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

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If you are running SQL or other programs that change a lot of information it's always good to shutdown the services, just makes a cleaner migration.  If it's mostly flat files then you should be ok.

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Once the copy has completed it will shut down services on the source machine and then copy the final changes, shut down the source machine and then power up the new VM; however, here is what VMware says:
The manual http://www.vmware.com/pdf/converter_standalone_guide401.pdf reads on page 11: When you create a hot clone, the resulting virtual machine is not an exact copy of the source machine because processes continue to run on the source machine during conversion.

But you can involve something like robocopy to do the initial copy. If this is only a fileserver you should change its (the source server as this will go out of service) ID (SID, NetBIOS name, IP) for the last sync.

Or you do a cold (offline) clone.