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Windows 2008 Datacenter Core to VMWare ESX 5.0 Migration (P2V)

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We have a Windows 2008 Datacenter DC (core installation) sitting on a physical server with only one CPU. To avail of the benefits of this server's virtualisation licensing, I have a number of questions.

1.) Does anyone have any suggestions on how to P2V a Windows 2008 Datacenter core server to a VMWare ESX 5.0 environment?

2.) If this server is successfully migrated to a VMWare ESX host, can I legally avail of unlimited instances of this OS on the new hardware? The license is from our company MSDN licensing, and one of our engineers incorrectly activated the key on a single CPU server (facepalm...).
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this is a domain controller?
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Yes, it is. I never copped that the whole Datacenter and DC (for Domain controller) thing could easily be misconstrued!
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Although P2V is possible using VMware vSphere vConverter Standalone v5. Its recommended to P2V DCs off or cold.

OR, build a new virtual DC and transfer the roles, this is supported.
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How do I cold-P2V a physical Windows Server 2008 Core server?

 - I'd need some kind of P2V boot disk.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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If you have an Enterprise or Enterprise Plus license you can download and use COLDCLONE.iso, you do not have access to COLDCLONE.iso.

You can create your own see this link

http://www.ardamis.com/2009/04/25/cold-cloning-vmware-converter/

Subject to your MSDN license you should be okay, you may find, you will need to Activate on new hardware.
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Thanks Hancocka, that's a very handy article! Any idea about my Windows 2008 Datacenter licensing transfer question?

2.) If this server is successfully P2V-ed to a VMWare ESX host, can I legally avail of unlimited instances of Windows 2008 Datacenter on the new hardware?
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Yes, see last post!
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Ahhhh.... missed that one!

Cheers hanccocka!
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no problems.
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