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We have Vcenter Server installed on a physical machine we need to convert it to virtual machine, and it will show up on the Vsphere Client console.
I would like to know what steps and precautions to take in order to accomplish this task.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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0. Shutdown ALL the vCenter Services.

1. Shutdown ALL the SQL Services.

2. Install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5 on the physical machine to be converted.

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

P2V can be troublesome, see and read my FAQ

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

If you wanted to avoid downtime, the SYNC option above would also work fine.
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