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Hi All,

I need to move the physical Server 2008 R2 with GPT disks to virtual on VMware (ESXi). If i'm using 3-th program like Acronis, after moving i have a blue screen.
Anybody know some good way to move server with GPT disks to virtual?
Thanks!
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by:Joseph Daly
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Have you tried the VMware standalone converter?
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by:Tamooz
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Sure, VMware converter can't convert GPT diskds.
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Marcel B. earned 500 total points
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I think a really safe way to do: (But it take longer downtime for user point of view)
Despite other ways which also needs time to proceed, like converting the GPT back to MBR.
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/26203-convert-gpt-disk-mbr-disk.html

Backup that GPT drive data first.
De-attach drive GPT from system.
Convert to drive OS to VM. (which is normally MBR)
Create a new VMFS-5 disc <2 TB with your request size connected to new VM server and
Restore data back to that drive.
For disc >2 TB you have to use RDM (raw device mapping) discs.
This will ensure correct disc alignment if you create VMFS-5 disc through vSphere Client.


This is a very safe way without involving 3rd party Tools.
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