Converting DNS Server and DFS Target System to Virtual Machine

Posted on 2013-11-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
Hey guys, want to virtualize my dns/dfs target machine to a vm..going to be using vmware converter utility. have used this utility on various machines including secondary dns server and other machines and worked flawlessly...was reading where you can run into issues with dns/dfs machines....

Machine is Server 2008 R2
Converting to ESXI Virtual machine


Has anyone did this before and did it work or not work?
What was the results?
Anything i need to be aware of?
Any concerns i need to watch for??

The first one is a dns and dfs target machine but the next one will be our main dns and dfs target and file server for the company....

Thanks for any help!!!!
Question by:westhelpdesk
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It's recommended, to create new servers, and transfer roles.

However, we've successfully P2Ved using the following;-

We use the SYNC method, at the final cutover, ensure the services are stopped and set the MANUAL. Complete final Sync, and then start VMs, complete post P2V functions, and then set to automatic, restart servers, and your done.

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

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

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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so if i would do this on the weekend where there is almost no traffic to machine...go ahead and run vmware converter and convert p2v with snyc set...then once replication finishes then run sync service..once sync finishes then go ahead and power down p machine and power up vm...correct???

was also wondering as far a speeding up conversion...it recommends disable ssl but do you need to do this with version 5.5 converter?? it mentioned 5.1 but nothing on 5.5....thanks for all your help.....
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That's correct.

You can increase conversion rate by disabling SSL, this can help some conversions but not all.

When using the sync option, it does not really matter, how long it takes to do the P2V, you could start it today....P2V will just sit there in the background with no impact to LAN or production machine cloning....

and then do final syncs, over the weekend
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okay one last question....you have done this with a machine that was running DNS/WINS/DFS...successfully....correct??? any issue or concerns that i need to watch out for????

also, for all other conversions i used vmware converter 5.1.....5.5 would be better to use...correct??? Thanks again....
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Yes, we've done it with WIN, DNS, and DFS, just ensure, that at CUTOVER, you stop all servers, and it's quiet! for Final SYNC!

5.5 is the latest and greatest, with bug fixes, I would upgrade.

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Now when you say stop all Servers...do you mean just the Server i am converting or all DFS target servers also????? Thanks!!!!
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So, typo Services, on the Computer which is being converted, stop and set to MANUAL, e.g. DNS, WINs and DFS

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oh...okay for the final sync just stop all services and set them to manual....then shutdown P machine and bring up VM and then restart all services...correct?????
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Almost, once you've shutdown the physical and bring up the virtual, you will need to spend some time. (it takes us 30mins - 1hr)

1. installing VMware Tools (reboot).
2. adding VMXNET3 interface
3. remove E1000 interface.
4. Adding IP Information, DNS, WINs, etc
5. Remove all Hidden Drivers and Devices - Device Management
6. Remove all physical related software if not already done
7. Reboot
8. Set Services to Automatic....final checks before go live...and reboot VM
9. Finally your Done.

Author Comment

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number 5 and 6 got me....what do you mean remove all hidden drivers and devices...and also what you mean by remove all physical related software....so if i am running backups off of tape then i would want to remove that software that went with it....correct??? sorry for newbi questions....just dont want to flunk out...
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e.g. if this was a HP or Dell server, remove all specific software required by a physical computer, it's not required on a VMware virtual machine.

5 & 6 should be post functions, performed, if you see my EE Article, and read the associated documents, it shows how to remove hidden devices and drivers.

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okay got the first part but i am not seeing in article where to move hidden devices and drivers??? Sorry but new to this and just dont want to mess things up...thanks again!!!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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if you follow Bestway's Article links from my Article.

If you read the article, it's at the very bottom.

Author Comment

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okay...was also wondering why changing the adapters from E1000 interface and making it VMXNET3 interface. thanks again for all your help..

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thanks worked

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