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VMWare ESXP2V "advisor"?

Hi,

Isn't there a tool within VMWare ESX to "analyze" candidates for virtualization?
I know there is, just don't know the name.

Practically: I would like to know for a specific machine (which is heavily used) how it would perform virtually.

Thanks.
J.
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X-treemCommented:
you can use VMware vCenter Converter to convert the physical to a virtual machine,
next before launching the virtual, make sure it's on a separated VLAN (not connected to your corporate network)

then you can do some stress testing and eventually do the actual migration
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In older versions of VMware vSphere it's called Guided Consolidation, and provides a ranking if the Physical Server is suitable for virtualisation, it provices a confidence rating, based on analysis, you leave the process running for weeks.

otherwise Capacity Management Service from a VMware Partner.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Guided Consolidation, that's where I was looking for! So now it's no option included anymore?
... and it probably will cost loads of money again. Whatever, what product would you suggest?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can still install VMware vSphere vCenter 4.1 on a virtual machine, run Guided Consolidation, which will analyse potential virtual candidates, it does not require any hosts to be added, the longer you leave it analysing, eg 4 weeks the better the Advice it can perform.
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Thanks! 2more questions:
-you install gc on vcenter, right? not on vm as you mention? client of gc will install on physical machine to advise on p2v?
-can you still install on esx 5?
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janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Ok
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