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I have p2v'd a server, and I am now ready to do the cutover.  I want to make sure that the VM is up to date with the physical machine.  How do I ensure they are identical before shutting down the physical box?
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by:Encrypted1024
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The best way to do this is to not allow client access during the P2V stage, and then shut down the physical box right after the P2V. They should be identical at that point.
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by:mbatuchic
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The above comment has been helpfull to me in the past.
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by:coolsport00
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During a P2V conversion with vCenter Converter or Converter Standalone, the servers are identical. Processes are 'halted' temporarily during the conversion and data is written to a file that is then 'committed' to the VM once the conversion is complete. There may be a minute of data outdated, but that's at the most. Once the phys box is converted, power on the VM and make any necessary changes - IP address is about all I can think of that may need changed. Also, you should install VMware Tools within the VM. Rt-Click on the VM -> Guest -> Install/Upgrade VMware Tools.

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by:coolsport00
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Forgot a 2nd part to 1 sentence -> "power on the VM ....and then power down the phys box." :)

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by:Luciano Patrão
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Or you use some tools that are to do a P2V and always put the VM synchronize with the physical machine, until you power off the physical machine, or you do a cold migration(P2V with power off the physical server)

To use cold migration and the VMware BootCD, use my article to implement this. Try to follow all the tasks and the pre and post process to have a good success on the P2V

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Hope this can help

Jail
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by:Muzafar Momin
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go ahead and stop physical box if your converstion process was error free
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by:PC4N6
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How do I put the VM syncronize with the physical machine?
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by:coolsport00
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Converter does it automatically. Nothing you have to do. To ensure the server is most current, as soon as the conversion is done, power down the source (phys) server, power on the VM, install VMware Tools on the VM and you're up and running.

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by:Luciano Patrão
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There is some tools like Platespin that do a P2V in a different way. That can Synchronize the VM with the physical server while is doing the conversion.

But this is a different way and for some special server(big amount of data) and server that cannot in any circumstance can be power off. And this version that create this is very expensive.

So you only choice is perform a cold migration and power on and power off the old server and create a outage plan for the physical server.

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by:PC4N6
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So if converter puts it into sync mode, does it continue to sync to the physical server until it is shutdown?

I have had this done and waiting now for a couple of weeks.  Is it going to be sync'ed or would it be best if I redo the conversion?
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Once the phys server is fully converted, the sync'ing is done. So you'll need to power down the phys server. Then you'll need to power on the VM. Since it's been so long since you converted, yes, you will need to re-convert.

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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

Please read the article. It helps on all that issues.

For a full sync on a server,you will need to perform a cold migration(power off) and boot the physical server with the BootCD.

Or if you have a budged, buy a tool that create that process online with the server power on. But prepare a big budged :)

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