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P2V exchange server to Xenserver

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