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Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to migrate from VMWare to Hyper-V

Posted on 2011-05-11
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Would anyone happen to have any tips, instructions, advice, and/or links to describe the process of migrating a Server 2008 R2 from VMWare to Hyper-V using System Center Virtual Machine Manager?

Any help greatly appreciated.

Question by:robbie_woodley
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Just pretend the server is a physical server, and perform a P2V or actually a V2V.

Before you begin performing P2V conversions, I recommend that you run the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) on the VMM server, the destination hosts, and the source machines.

download here


see here for further details

Use dynamic Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) to conserve disk space on the destination host.

No need to chkdsk the source disk, because it's virtual and shouldn't have any bad sectors!

You can do offline or online conversions, decide which, what is the server, Domain Controllers, SQL, Exchange do offline or cold.

use the Convert Physical Server Wizard to create a new virtual machine from a physical source computer.

Online conversion does not require a restart of the source computer. VMM uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create an image of the source machine that is consistent on the application level and then creates an analogous virtual machine. The online conversion process consists of five steps:

    Installing the agent on the source computer

    Retrieving hardware configuration


    Fixing up

    Creating the virtual machine
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Worked perfect using the P2V option.


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Very Good, Glad to help out.

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