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Sharepoint Physical to Virtual

I have Hyper-V installed on a robust cluster host, I have a physical server that has sharepoint 2003 and BackupExec running on it . I also have a scisi backup tape connected to this server.

I would like to move (convert from physical to virtual Sharepoint server). Can someone explain me and reassure me on the move . I am not worry about backupExec since I will reinstall it on another server after the move.

Also the SQL database resides on another box , so basically it is only the frontend server that will be moving.

When the migration happens Online or Offline , what happen to my physical server ? is it completly empty or the moving actually make a copy of the entire server and then shut it down , and do I need to do so special configuration ( IP address, domain,...)

Thank you for clarifying that.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the physical server is cloned to the new virtual server, so once the P2V has finished, shutdown the old physical server or remove network connection.

and you have got a backup to rollback to if virtual does not work.

So a copy is made with no alterations.

Virtual should run immediately with networking, and joined to domain.
I recommend using VMware Converter: http://www.vmware.com/products/converter

Also, you may have to configure the IP Addresses again on the new VM, but other than that everything should work the same right away.
tavernyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reponses.

Searon007, I am using Hyper-V so VMware converter is not for me.

Hanccocka, do I have to worry about anything when initiating the move? and should I do it offline or online? Any idea how long it takes to create such a job? I have 130GB of data on it.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
VMware Converter is conversion to VMware VMs! (not Hyper-V).

I would recommend Offline, and make sure the services are set to Manual, and you can login to the VM, and set to Automatic, and Start them.

as for time, a few hours, depends on speed of physical servers disks, network interface, speed of destination disk, and RAID
Use www.sysinternals.com Disk2VHD, and do NOT select the option for Virtual PC.  It will take a VSS snapshot of the source disk(s), create a VHD.  Put the VHD's on your HyperV server and config up a VM!  You'll need to install HyperV Tools and MAYBE reconfig the NIC's.

I would uninstall BE and ditch the catalogs, that'll save a lot of space before the migration.

As long as the source server is offline (pull the ethernet cable) before the VM comes up, the VM will take the place of the source server.
tavernyAuthor Commented:
Well, I have done my first Physical to Virtual , I used System Center Essential to initiate the transfer; the first time I tried to do a conversation offline , but it fails because it was missing the driver for the network card , after the system rebooted I tried to do an online conversation , and it took about 20-25 min to transfer 50gig of data. then at the end of the conversation the physical server was off and the virtual as well , so I turned the virtual on but no network card was installed so I shut the VM installed the network card, restarted it and setup the static IP , then everything worked fine.

I still haven't turned back on my physical server. Do I need to format the drives and reinstall windows on it in order to use it , or can I just uninstall Sharepoint on it and change the ip and the name of the server and I should be fine. what would you recommend on doing ?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would recommend, you trash the old machine, re-format, re-install.
tavernyAuthor Commented:
Perfect , that's what i will do .
thank you all for your help.

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