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VMWare Conversion (p2v) extremely time consuming

I'm converting a SBS server with 100 GBs HDD to VM (p2v). I'm using VMWare standalone converter. It's taken 29 hours to get to 83%. Any suggestions to speed up process? Ideas why it's taking so long? Any best practice suggestions for conversion process?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Time of conversion is based on

1. Speed of network.
2. Speed of source disks.
3. Speed of destination disks.
4. Amount of data.
5. Defragment source hard disk.
6. Set destination to ESX server, rather than Virtual Center.


29 hours does seem to be taking a long time, we usually transfer approx 350GB in 8-10 hours.

As you've now got to 83% I would be patient, and let finish, because any alteration now will kill the process and you will have to start again.

Is the network speed set to Gigabit?

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Best Practice Video Guide here
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004588

Check my video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27232719.html?cid=1572#a36291208
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

Also be attention on the encryption. This can consume lots of time in a conversion. Do you have any encrypted disks or software? If yes, you should decrypted.

Also the encryption between the Source and the destination(in v5) can take long time to perform a P2V

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ChrisCommented:
i suggest you stop the exchange services and the SQL services as these will cause the syncing to take ages
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

For SBS P2V you should never perform this P2V online. This is a DC and Exchange server, so this type of server should never be performed a Hot P2V, but a cold migration

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IAmDHAuthor Commented:
@hanccocka - thanks for those. I'll use those as criteria for performing p2v in the future.

@BestWay - thanks. I will check encryption. What do you mean by "cold migration"? I know that SBS is exchange and DC, but it's still a physical server.

@irweazelwallis - thanks. already stopped exchange services, SQL services, IIS services. I know that database services running can cause issues.
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

Cold migration, is a P2V with the server power off and also using VMware Converter bootable CD

Try to take a look at my article that hanccocka added above.

SBS is just a server, but is also a DC and perform a conversion online with a DC can bring some issues to the Domain.

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IAmDHAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I actually was just reading that link just now. I will be printing that out and going to through it. Thanks for the help. Can I download an iso for the boot cd online?

If you have any other best practice articles, feel free to share.
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

To donwload vConverter bootable CD, you need to have at least Essential VMware license. Is not a free product.

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IAmDHAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the assistance @hanccocka & @BestWay

I believe you may have just solved my problem.
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