Solved

P2V a Server out of MS Cluster

Posted on 2013-01-22
5
1,676 Views
Last Modified: 2013-01-24
Hello,

I'm trying to P2V a 2008 Server that's currently running on a MS Cluster using VMWare's stand-alone converter.

When it tries to load the agent, it errors out saying the admin$ share doesn't exist.

 Is this possible?

Has anyone done it?

Thanks in advance,
Paul
0
Comment
Question by:psherry
  • 3
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 118
ID: 38806280
Yes, this is completely possible.

The error you are experiencing is a permissions issue, I would recommend you INSTALL VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0 on the Node (server) to be converted, and complete a local conversion, which avoids permissions/network issues. This is best practice as recommended by VMware for ALL conversions.

See my EE Article for Hints and Tips

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

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0
0
 

Author Comment

by:psherry
ID: 38806540
Hi - thanks for the quick reply.

I did as you suggested and it appears that it's ready to do the conversion but it wants to do the entire cluster node rather than just the one service (what I see as a server).

Is it possible to separate out just the service and leave the cluster node behind?

Thanks again.
0
 
LVL 118
ID: 38806634
yes,

You need to switch it to "Advanced Mode", and you will get the option to specify which disk (volume to cop).

when you get to the last Summary Page, select Data to Copy - Edit

Then select the drop down Data to Copy, and Switch it to Volumes, when Data Copy Type is switched to Volumes, you will see the option to copy a disk only (volume).

See the screenshots in this article I've just answered

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28003908.html
0
 

Author Comment

by:psherry
ID: 38806983
I think I'm almost there...

I'm looking at the list of disks on the source disk (the cluster node) I should copy the volume that relates to the server I want and also copy the C drive of the cluster node?

It appears that I'll end up with 2 volumes on the destination server - is that correct?

Should they be combined in some way?

Will that give me a VM that will actually start and act like the source server from the cluster?

Thanks again.
0
 
LVL 118

Accepted Solution

by:
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
ID: 38807043
all you should copy is the local disk C: drive

unless your server has two disks, ignore the actual clustered volumes, disks.
0

Featured Post

Netscaler Common Configuration How To guides

If you use NetScaler you will want to see these guides. The NetScaler How To Guides show administrators how to get NetScaler up and configured by providing instructions for common scenarios and some not so common ones.

Join & Write a Comment

Last article we focus in how to VMware: How to create and use VMs TAGs – Part 1 so before follow this article and perform the next tasks, you should read the first article how to create the TAG before using them in Veeam Backup Jobs.
A procedure for exporting installed hotfix details of remote computers using powershell
This tutorial will walk an individual through the process of transferring the five major, necessary Active Directory Roles, commonly referred to as the FSMO roles to another domain controller. Log onto the new domain controller with a user account t…
This video shows you how easy it is to boot from ISO images for virtual machines with the ISO images stored on a local datastore on the ESXi host.

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

24 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now