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Hello,

I am trying to P2V a front End Exchange server running Exchange server 2003 standard on a windows 2003 server standard server.

I stop all mail services, and any irrelevant services like anti-virus and so forth (nothing else installed)

The size of the disk is just under 200 gig.

The estimated time to P2V is over 24 hours.

Does anyone know it would be this way?

(I even tried without stopping any of the services, and it still took 24 hours)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

Mark
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P2V essentially copies files and modifies some registry etc.

You can get like 12-15 Mbps on p2v. 200Gb is a lot of data so it will take this much time.

What are those files all about? Can they be removed?
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Your timings seem to be normal.

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/103624
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Since I cannot predetermine when the P2V will complete, would the following work:

 - P2V the front End Exchange server (2003 server, Exchange 2003 standard)

Let's assume the P2V front end server is out of date by 1 day.

Would backing up the physical machine (System state and Exchange) and restore to virtual  server bring the server up to date?

Backup and restore of this data takes less than 30 minutes.

Thanks,

Mark
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