from vmware server virtual machine to a real server

heze54
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Hi,

I ´ve a virtual machine vmware server 2. Now, this virtual machine must be moved to a real and dedicated new server.

How can I do this? We are talking about a virtual machine running a 2003 r2 domain controller dns AD etc..


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if the virtual machine you need to convert to physical is only a domain controller running the usual services (DNS, DHCP etc), then it is better to build your new physical machine and add it to your domain.

make sure you AD is clean before transferring all the FMSO roles to your new domain controller.

Once you are happy that everything has transferred, shut down your VM and leave it off for a few days to make sure everything is functioning as it should.

Provided everything is good, DCPROMO the VM and remove it from your domain.

If you are running other services, then you need to detail them as it will have a bearing on how to proceed.
Sikhumbuzo NtsadaIT Administration

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It is standard practice to install a server like that from scratch, consider things like mirroring your drives for redundancy in case the other drive fails.

If you are not worried about such then, try WinImage. This software will transfer your virtual machine to a Physical Server, not recommended though.
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Although I concur it is best practice to build not just a DC, but any VM from scratch, sometimes it's not always practicle nor desireable. That being said, you can get vCenter Converter Standalone (free tool from VMware) & convert/move your VM. If you are referring to making your VM into a physical machine, there isn't anything really that 'converts' a VM to physical..you just need to build from scratch.

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If you want to perform a V2P, I would recommend download and requesting a trial of Platespin MIgrate

http://www.novell.com/products/migrate/

The trial will allow you to migrate the server from V2P.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4ErJ1Ro_Xs
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Be quicker/cleaner to build from scratch me thinks...especially being a DC...

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Hi,

Then, as I can read here, the best way to do this,
1ºis run the VM.
2ºInstall windows 2003r2 or 2008 into the new server and run dcpromo and beyond
3º degrade vm domain controller


isnt it?

regards
That's about it (but with a lot more steps in-between to make sure everything is doing what it needs to do and is doing it correctly)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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After having created your new DC, and running DCPROMO.

follow this article to Decomission the other one correctly. (transfer roles before you turn it off or delete it!)

http://www.pbbergs.com/windows/articles/DecommissionDC.html
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Yep...thats it really.

~coolsport00
I'm going to refer to my original post :p

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jajaja.... i´ll do it this weekend
take your time and make sure you know exactly what you are doing and the steps you will be taking :)

before you start, run DCDIAG to make sure your domain does not have any errors.

after each step, run DCDIAG again to make sure you are remaining error free all the way through the process.

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