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What is the best way to convert my domain controller to virtual machine?

I have (1) esxi 5 server, (1) domain controller. I would like to virtualize my domain controller but was told the esxi server needs the domain controller. My question, is there a way for me to convert my only DC so I can shut down the old DC server?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
E|ither:-

1. Build a new VM, and Migrate the Roles.
2. P2V the Physical Server, when it's OFF, using the coldclone.iso

ownload 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

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

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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Joseph MoodyBlogger and wearer of all hats.Commented:
Also check out this MS article on things to consider:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888794
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
Where can I get the coldclone.iso for Windows server 2008 for esxi 5.0?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you licensed for VMware vSphere Enterprise? It's only available for vSphere Enterprise Licenses?

otherwise create your own here

http://www.ardamis.com/2009/04/25/cold-cloning-vmware-converter/
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
Yes I have a vSphere Enterprise license, how do I create an iso?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you have vSphere Enterprise license, you can download the iso from VMware, login and download.
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
Will VMware vCenter Server 4 Update 2 work for vCenter 5?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I do not understand that question, both are Management Servers?
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
when I go to vmware to download the bootcd what comes up is VMware vCenter Server 4 Update 2. I am using vmware vcenter 5, I just want to know if I can use this version instead on a v4 version.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the coldclone.iso, will work and convert any VM, it's not dependant on what version of vCenter you are using.
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
ok thanks, just to sum up; I can use the bootcd to create a vm of my DC.  In order to do this I have to turn off my DC and boot up with BootCD pointing to my esxi 5 server?

Do I have to dcpromo my server first or can I just virtualize the server, what prep do I need to do before shutting down the server?  Remember this is my only DC, will this confuse the esxi server since my DC host DNS?  Thanks for your help.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If this is your only DC, which hosts DNS, obviously, you'll not be able to use friendly DNS names, when it's down, so use IP addresses.

As you DC will be down, you'll not be able to authenticate, so much of your servers and desktops, will not be able to login. But ESXi should be okay, if it's a single ESXi server.

Just shutdown DC normally and correctly, no need to dcpromo or anything. BUT DO NOT turn it back on, or connect to LAN.

Complete you P2V, follow articles above, for guideance and best practice, and startup new Virtualised DC on ESXi.

Leave the old one OFF for Good.
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CervisTECHAuthor Commented:
hanccocka is the best! He always come through for me.  Thanks EE and hanccocka.
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