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Physical server attached to san storage, needs to be a VM

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We have a physical server connected to a san via a storage group. I need to now make this server become a vm but the disk are connected to the physical box from the san.
My questions is once I have the vm built, can I just add the storage to the vm as I now have ot connected to the physical box?
The vm will be on ESX 4 for now...
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Yes, you can connect the VM back to the storage. Are you using Microsoft iSCSI Initiator inside the server?
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Depends on your Storage type. Yes, you can P2V your server into a VM. Then, on your SAN, add the storage (RAID) you need for this server to a 'Storage Group', then add Datastores to your hypervisor, or if using RDMs, you can direct-connect storage to your newly converted VM.

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Yes the physical box is using iscsi initiator and EMC powerpath software.

I dont want to do a p2v because of the size of the storage. So that is why I just want to build the vm and then attach it to the storage group that the physical server is connected to now.
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Yes, perfect no issues with re-connecting via iscsi initiator in the VM.
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You can still do a P2V & then use RDMs. Just P2V the system volume, assuming you have different 'data volumes' that is what's large. A P2V of system volume, assuming it's like 30-40GB will only take like 45-60mins. Then you can attach the data volumes that are on your SAN to your VM 'directly' as RDM and you're up.

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I think what I am going to do is do a p2v with just the C drive, that why all my shares that are created on the san, once I get the storage connected to the vm from the san, should all come back because that is all stored in the registry on the C drive.
How does that sound to all?
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yes, doable.

just deselect the san volume when you select Data to Copy.
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Sounds like a plan...

Should work..I've done it with our File Server VM, except using FC storage, but should be the same with iSCSI.

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see this question for step by step screenshots, of the volume to copy options

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_28003908.html
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Unfortunately this is still on ESX 4..
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same applies to ESX 4 when using P2V.
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I have better luck P2V'ing with 4.3 version of Converter Standalone...just an FYI :)

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Thats the version I am going to use because that is what I have...
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very good.
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Solved. Thanks for the great info as usual...
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