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Will P2V activity traffic jam the network (using vConverter)

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I was told by a VCP colleague it's not a good idea to do P2V
over the production network as it could cause production
servers to 'hang'.

Any truth in this & how do I go about doing this if the
physical servers I wanted to virtualize do not have any
more space NIC ports?  Can I assign a secondary addr
to the NIC & then create an additional dedicated P2V
VLAN for it?
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I was told by a VCP colleague it's not a good idea to do P2V
over the production network as it could cause production
servers to 'hang'.

We have never seen this, but it could depend on if you have a poor network! We would ask him for evidence, seems like and "old wives tale".

How do the servers hang and why, because too much data is going down the wire!

You could just change the IP Address to a different IP Subnet, that is different to production.

See my EE Articles for Hints and Tips

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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by:sunhux
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My VCP colleague could be phobic as this customer
is rather nasty.

Not that I disbelieve you but is there any sort of
precaution like setting the physical server's NIC speed to
be P2V'ed to 100Mbps to limit its bandwidth throughput?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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I would set the speed of nic, to as fast as possible, Gigabit, and get the P2V done as fast as possible.
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