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convert physical windows server running exchange to virtual server vmware

If we plan to convert our current exchange server to virtual server vmware, what considerations that we should look after ? I'm afraid of doing this conversion, it might wiped all of our current installed of the exchange server.
Do anyone have experienced this ? how easy to perform  this conversion and what will the benefit of doing this conversion ?
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Karthik Rajasekaran

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Stelian Stan

Another good document on how to use the p2v converter: https://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

After the conversion finished succesfully leave the phisical server turn off and turn on the virtual server. Double check the Ip Address of the virtual server and then remove unused drivers: http://communities.vmware.com/message/471384
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Hi,
Is that means the exchange server also will be exist in virtual server ? when u said turn off physical server are u saying turn off by start-shutdown for physical exchange server and left only exchange server on virtual ?
what will happens if both are running ? is there any conflict with IP address and other setting ?
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If your SGs are not part of a SAN, then no biggee...just P2V it all. It will just take quite a bit longer depending on the size of your SGs for the server to convert. Once converted, power down the physical box, then power on the VM and make sure all is working.

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Stelian Stan

As coolsport00 and hanccocka already mentioned, stop the exchange services before shooting down the Physical machine, then p2v and when finished successful turn on only the VM Exchange. Do NOT turn on the physical machine when the VM is running. You will have that one as a backup for a couple of weeks just in case something goes wrong with the VM.

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