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How to P2V an HP Proliant server

Hi Experts,

Can anyone explain to me, and/or attach a step by step doc in how to P2V an HP proliant server?

Please do not attach a VMware link for general documentation

Multiple feedback would be really appreciated

Thank you in advance
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Download and install the standalone vmware converter. Here is a step by step from another expert that I have used a few times - seems to work well:


I just finish almost 50 P2V(all cold migration) servers. I see many type of issues in the P2V.

This is why I create a script for pre and post P2V.

And one of the things that can create issues is the NICs.

1º Create some txt files with all the Network settings in save on the physical server for future use
2º Use msconfig to stop all non windows services
3º Never power up the VM after the P2V and dont use the power on, on the NICs to migrate
4º Before any changes on the new VM create a Snapshot for the Initial State for possible rollback
5º Before start the VM clean all usb, serial port, disk drives etc
6º Remove also any adapters created by the P2V. Create new ones(vmxnet for 3.x or vmxnet3 for 4.x)
7º Start your VM for the first time in safe mode
8º In safe mode, remove all phantom hardware(i have a script for this), and uninstall all Software for Hardware Management(like RAID, Storage agents etc)
9º Use the txt files to config your Network settings according to the old server(do not connect the adepter yet)
10º After this changes reboot the server in normal mode(dont change msconfig yet)
11º After new boot check all the software and services.If you see no issues, or and phantom hardware, then msconfig and choose normal boot. Reboot the server
12º After rebooting the server, check if all services are running, and after all is running, then shutdown the physical server(or disconnect the cable) and connect to the network the VM
13º Reboot on more time the server will all runing(services and network) and test all the network connection and use a domain account

This are some of the tasks that we need to create to have a good P2V sucess

Hope this can help you


Good Luck
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In addition the bgoering's post for HP do the following:

1.  Disable all HP services except for HP Network.
2.  After the P2V process open the HP Network teaming and unteam the Teaming adapter if you have one
3.  Remove all HP applications (this will save 300MB in memory usage)
4.  Remove all hardware specific applications

If you don't disalbe the HP agents before P2V then on the first reboot it may just freeze for a while while it tries to find all the old hardware.  In that case go into safe mode and disable from there.
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Thanks everyone for all answers