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How to mograte Virtual Machines from Xen Virtual Server (Cent OS) to Physical Servers?

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Hello,

We have multiple servers (virtual machines) running on a virtual server based on Cent OS (Xen). All virtual machines are running on Server 2003 R2 expect one virtual machine which is running on Server 2008.

We would like to migrate (move) from existing virtual environment to physical servers. I come to know that we can upgrade from server 2003 r2 to server 2008 r2 editions, but these are virtual machines and didn't have sufficient memory available.

Existing Server Info:

Virtual Machines on Virtual Server:
- Domain Controller 1 (server 2003 r2) (second DC is on a physical server)
- Other Server 1 (server 2003 r2)
- Other Server 2 (server 2003 r2)
- Exchange Server 2010 (server 2008)

Q: How can I migrate these virtual machines to physical servers?

Any further help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Hi

First migrating DC is not a good idea.

Is best to create a DC from scrach and then promote and migrate the roles from the VM DC into the new physical DC.

The migrate the server and do a V2P you need a third party tool to implement this.

Many of this tools are not free.

There is some tools in the market that can do the process.

Try to check this:

http://kb.acronis.com/content/1786

http://www.novell.com/solutions/virtualization-workload/?r=platespin

http://www.helperapps.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=1

Hope this can help

Jail
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by:SrinathS
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Actually we are leaving DC as it is. We want to move Exchange Server 2010 virtual machine to physical server, since that single server can't provide sufficient resources to the Ex 2010 VM.

What is the best way to migrate Ex 2010 from VM to Physical server? i.e., Clean Install and Moving Databases or using above mentioned tools.

We are okay to use any 3rd party tools. Which tool do you suggest in this scenario? (we are running on CentOS 5.3 Xen Virtual Environment using Virtual Machine Manager)
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Luciano Patrão earned 500 total points
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Hi

Platespin is the best tool but is expensive. But Acronis is also a good tool.

I have a article how to P2V Windows Servers. In this article I add some of the tasks that we need to perform on our server before the P2V(like clean the server, defrag, stop the non windows services etc.). And all this tasks we can perform also in the V2P process.

Since there is important the new server(VM or physical) can work with the App after the cleaning.

Check here
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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