VMWare  ESXP2V "advisor"?

Posted on 2012-09-20
Last Modified: 2012-09-22

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.

Question by:janhoedt
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    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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    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.

    Author Comment

    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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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    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.

    Author Comment

    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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