Virtualize Physical Machine Best Practice

Posted on 2011-10-17
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
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....
Question by:loshdog
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    Use VMware Converter 4.3 or 5.0 for free.

    Download VMware vCenter Converter here

    VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

    VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

    Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

    Best Practice Video Guide here

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

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    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
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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    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.


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    Many thx hancocka you are the man as always..

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