Length of time to convert physical machine to VM with VM Converter

Hi, could someone please give me some idea on how long a P2V could take using VMware converter, both the standalone and the vcentre plugin?

I guess it is down to the type of server being converted, the hardware and the amount of data, but if someone could give me some examples then that would be great.

I have a lot of older HP DL360 G3 and DL 380 G3 servers to migrate and need some idea how long they might take.

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Usually it's about 600GB per minute (12MB-20MB/s).  If you have a server with a lot of large files will be on the faster side.  On the other hand I've seen 20GB web servers with millions of files take 6 hours due to the amount of overhead required to transfer the files.
600GB a min? I don't think thats accurate. I can convert a 30GB 'normal' box in aabout 45mins on my LAN. If you're converting over WAN it will take longer.

Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
sorry 600MB to about 1GB  per minute on average....
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
details..details..  Just like a customer thought that they had could transfer 1.5MB on the T1 and not 1.5Mbps...guilty as charged
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:

Also destination and source read/write disks can add more or less time.

Also depends on the source physical machine is there is no trash files, temp files etc.

Check my article to have a faster P2V and bypass most of the problems.


Cleaning the disks, and defrag the disks is an advantage to the P2V process.

With my plans, it depends on the server type, but when I create a P2V plan for several servers, I always plan to do 2 for each day. Many thinks can go wrong, some times we need to fix the physical server etc. If is faster, then just add more 1 on the day.

But with a 100Gb servers disks, it can take about 3/4 hours to finish inside a LAN. But sometimes can take just 2 hours. It depends on many thinks not just the LAN speed.

Hope this can help


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paulo999Author Commented:
That's great, thanks for all responses. Never mind the typo's :-)
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