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Virtualize Physical Machine Best Practice

Hello and thank you for taking the time out to read my question.
Your time is always valued and expertise much appreciated.

I need need to virtualize a machine. Not sure what the standard practice is and wanted to get some feedback on what works best and what does not.

The machine is a Win7 Pro Box. It has Syamantec System Restore running on it.
Not sure if converting the symantec image or just imaging the pc is better/easier?
What is the best practice?

I should mention that this is for a VM ESXi 4.1 :)


Many thanks in advance....
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loshdog
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Use VMware Converter 4.3 or 5.0 for free.

Download VMware vCenter Converter here
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf


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 the 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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Another video of VMware Converter in use.

New HD Video - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 Convert monolithic sparse to monolithic flat for use with VMware vSphere 4.x 5.0 ESXi 4.x 5.0
http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/10/11/new-hd-video-vmware-vcenter-converter-standalone-50-convert-monolithic-sparse-to-monolithic-flat-for-use-with-vmware-vsphere-4x-50-esxi-4x-50/
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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saraf1000Commented:
The best is to do a physical to Vmware Infrastructure directly using vmware converter 5 that is a free download. Prefer not using SQL/Exchange kind application live while doing the conversation.

Once the conversation is done; you can simply switch off the physical and power on the virtual machine.
At most you would need to give the network IP if static defined.

Saraf
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loshdogAuthor Commented:
Many thx hancocka you are the man as always..
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