P 2 V - what are the options

Hi all, I have physical servers running on dying hardware. Migrating to a new domain etc would be too much/expensive/long/painful so the chosen path is to virtualize these servers in a first stage, so they are "secured" then migrate to a new domain in a later stage.

My question is about the options around the P2V (vMware).  I know I can simply run the converter from a laptop for instance, but in order to maximize my time, and the new server's resources, I am wondering if there may be a way to "simply" connect to the ESXi host, tell it "grab this IP and convert it to a VM" ?  Or something similar ?

Thanks for your ideas guys.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you can do that. Here is a great example for your reference.


P2V Directly to ESXi 5.1 Host Managed by vCenter
Your question, wanting to log into vSphere with the vSphere Client and do a P2V from there is no longer possible. VMware used to have an option to "Import" machines, which simply was a built-in converter. They have since took that option out of vCenter (was a vCenter Server option...not vSphere [i.e. ESXi]). So, your only option is the Standalone Converter tool. User Guide can be found here:

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CBM CorporateAuthor Commented:
Thanks, all in the same direction : standalone converter then.
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