virtualize domain contollers
Posted on 2013-01-28
I am virtualizing a small environment. Currently I have 2 domain controllers (DC01, DC02) Win 2008 R2 Standard 32-bit.
Unfortunately I have never virtualized a DC, also don't have much experience building them, or transferring FSMO roles ect...
On 1 of my 2 DELL virtual servers I built a virtual Vcenter 5.1 Server, and a virtual Veeam B&R Server. (I only have an ESXi 5.1 standard license, the cheapest one "$500", no vmotion ect...)
Is there anyway I can just live migrate, cold migrate or do anything automatically so that I don't risk the chance of messing up my DC's?
Also, Is there a way for me to migrate DC02 first during working hours with out it screwing up DC01 which would still be physical so I can test everything before virtualizing both and then being deep under water? I have read a few places that sometimes there are issues just using vmconverter on DC's?
Can somebody break it down for me step by step like (P2V DC's for dummies) and how they would approach it?
All in all we will end up with 2 virtual servers running about 12 servers total, like I said very small. We have a junky old md3000i SAN which is useless for 5.1. and we only use windows ISCSI connections to it for SQL database storage.
Thank you very much!