VMWare ESX 4

Posted on 2010-11-09
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
If I have a production server in a esx 4 cluster.  How can I make just a copy of a single server  and import it into maybe a vmware workstation for testing changes on it, also without disrupting the production version of the server and keeping the production server online.

Question by:Jack_son_
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ID: 34091928
VMWare convertor would do that for you - but obviously caution needs to be exercised when you put into VMWare Workstation with regards to network/IP/active directory etc.

Author Comment

ID: 34091945
Ok, so it would just make a copy of it to like a file type, .vmdk?   Also, it would leave the server on esx 4 functioning and not disrupted?  Also, I believe I could rename and re-ip it once I import the copy to vmware workstation.
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jakethecatuk earned 2000 total points
ID: 34091953
Just checked and VMWare Workstation has the option to import directly from an ESX server.  I can't test it as I'm no where near my ESX farm but if you provide the server details, it should convert it and import it at the same time.

Author Comment

ID: 34091978
Cool, thanks.  Also doing it this way wouldnt cause any issue for the one in esx?  It would just really make a copy on the workstation of it, right?
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jakethecatuk earned 2000 total points
ID: 34091986
correct Jack...it takes a copy and no harm should come to the live running server.

when it's in VMWare workstation - make sure you issolate the network before you power it on.

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