Copy Physical Server to Redeploy in ESX 4.1
Posted on 2010-09-20
I'm looking for a short cut to create a test environment for several machines. I have a sturdy virtual environment so hardware requirements is not an issue and I have proper MS licensing.
I have a web server that hosts a few applications and websites. I would like to copy this server by using "cold clone" into ESX, turn off network and NICs, run newsid and remove from domain and change the machine name. Then turn on network (vNICs) assign an IP and add back to the domain.
I am concerned that if I run this procedure that I will mess up the original web server.
Is there a better way to "P2V" a server but keeping the original as a production box?