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P2V SQL Server - Gotchyas ?

I need to convert a stand alone SQL 2008 r2 server. This server also hosts the application which uses the SQL database. This is the primary line of business application. This server is going away and I need to move this server onto the new vmware/san infrastructure we have.

I have never done a p2v on a SQL server before. I'm assuming I need to stop the SQL services on the OS and then perform the conversion. But is there anything else I'm missing?

Also, this is AMD to Intel. Anything there to be concerned about?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you've got some reading todo before you jump and start doing P2Vs!

1. It's recommended and Best Practice to Install  VMware vCenter Converter Standalone on the computer to be converted.

2. Stop ALL Services, as many as can be stopped, including the SQL service, and set to Manual. This will ensure, when you start your VM, first time, services do no start, and you've got time to REMOVE All Hidden Devices and Drivers, Add IP Addresses etc which should take you 30-60 minutes, Post P2V. Then finally set Services to Automatic and Restart VM, and you are now live.

3. Remove ALL physical related software before P2V, e.g. HP or Dell specific software. *sometimes you cannot install after on non HP or Dell equipment.

4. AMD to Intel no issues.

5. Be prepared for P2V failure, or it's slow (it happens!)

6. If your P2V works first time, well done, it's probably luck!

7. If your P2V is fast, also good!

8. Gotcha's - test your P2Ved VM, before you go live, to ensure, it's working, and performance is good enough for you before you scrap your physical computer.

Read My Faq, which shoudl answer 30 Common Questions here on EE about P2Vs!

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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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MetaltreeAuthor Commented:
I've already done a few using the 5.5 stand alone converter with no issues. Also, I've read these articles.. thank you ;]

My main concern is the SQL DB and services themselves and if any special precautions should be taken.

I'm assuming just utilizing the sync option answers that question?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Stop ALL the Services is best! (which is almost a cold clone!).

If the P2V is going to take too long, and affect service, then consider SYNC option! and final sync, Stop the Services!
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