Methods of converting NTFS LUN to VMDK

Posted on 2011-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I have a number of Server 2008 vm's that are connected to NTFS formatted LUN's via the Microsoft iSCSI initiator within the VM, I would now like to drop these connections and convert them to virtual disks which I would then add to the Server VM.

Do any of you have recommendations on how you would go about doing this? any help you can give would be very much appreciated.

 I am running Enterprise vSphere 4.1
Question by:EmxIT
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ID: 34924389
Have you tried checking to see if VMware Converter will pick-up the existing iSCSI attached drive for conversion?

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ID: 34924644
Sorry that doesn't work as the standalone converter cannot initiate the iSCSI connection.
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ID: 34924753
is this a virtual machine?
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ID: 34924854
Yes it's a vm with server 2008 installed, within the windows OS we are using the iscsi initiator to connect to a couple of NTFS LUN's which we now want to convert to virtual disks.
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ID: 34924888
okay two step process.

1. convert or switch to rdm
2. convert rdm to vmdk


Author Comment

ID: 34924934
ok I will try that and get back to you, thanks for the help
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 34924958
if you need more assistance out and about at present.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 34925243
Thanks worked perfectly, instead of using the microsoft iscsi initiator I added the NTFS LUN's as RDM volumes then performed a cold storage vmotion which converted the RDM volumes to vmdk drives.

Thanks for all you help.

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