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can the vmware software be on the DC

Posted on 2012-09-18
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Last Modified: 2012-10-25

Can I install vmware/vsphere on the current running DC, than convert it to virtual?
would this cause issues? and can the rest of the Virtual machines be converted on this same server??
Question by:Geekah
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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No you cannot install VMware vCenter Server on a Domain Controller.

You can however, if you wish convert a physical DC to a Virtual DC using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

See my EE Articles

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

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However it is usually recommended, to create a new virtual machine, Promote to a Domain Controller and transfer the roles from your physical server to virtual server, and decommision your old physical server.

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The plan is to have a second DC running, both virtual machines, the existing to be converted to V and new one to be a second DC.
So no way i can install it on the DC ?? :S
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VMware vSphere is a bare metal hypervisor, it replaces the OS on the server.

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piyushranusri earned 664 total points
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May alter your environment startup sequence. Think power off and power up the entire shop. Is this DC crucial? Will vCenter need it?
Backups and snapshots - See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/875495 for more info here
It can be done and is generally safe - you just have to take a few extra precautions and really understand the dependencies in your environment.

as DC is heart of environment and do not suppose to have other information and software installation.
but have a llok on this

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richardstuartpowell earned 668 total points
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hanccocka is 100% correct, you cannot install vsphere on your domain controller as this is the esx hypervisor operating system and will totally overwrite your windows o/s.

either install the vmware converter standalone utility and p2v the image from your dc to a destination esx server, or do as hanccocka suggests and create a new virtual machine then promote that to a domain controller and decomission the original (physical) server.

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Thank you, I will resue a server for this.


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