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P2V exchange server to Xenserver

I am looking for a step by step on how to P2V our exchange server.

What we want to do is convert the exchange server to virtual machine onto a external USB.  Install Xenserver onto the physical host and then migrate/move the virtual machine back onto the host.

This has to be done using free tools.  The server has 2 drives (C: and G:) with the information store on the G: drive.  Total server size it 550 GB.  The usb drive is a 1tb drive.

This is the only/first xenserver on he network and we will be using attached storage to host the VM for now and move out to a SAN later.

Thanks a million!!!
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Ok,

Does this sound right.

1. Use Vmware vcenter converter and P2V exhange server onto attached USB drive
2. Install xenserver on host

Here is where I am fuzzy

Is xenconvert run from within xenserver on the actual host or do i install xenconvert on a different workstation and attach the USB drive and convert over the network to the newly created xenserver?

Thanks,
Install on a workstation, and convert VMDK on USB to newly created Xenserver.
Awesome!
Last question.

When using vCenter converter in the "Destination System" part it says "Select VMWare product".  It default to "VMware workstation 6.0.x" but there are a bunch of other options.  Is the default the preferred format?

I attached the screenshot.
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it does not really matter what isvselected, because you just need the vmdk for Xen Convert.