P2V a Server out of MS Cluster

Posted on 2013-01-22
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Last Modified: 2013-01-24

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,
Question by:psherry
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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

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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.
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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


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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.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 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.

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