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Convert physical server to virtual while (P2V) offline

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I would like to convert several physical servers to virtual servers. We are using StorageCraft ShadowProtect for backup so we could take a backup and convert it to VHD or VHDX format. But, I would like to have the systems shut down so that I know that there are no changes or potential for lost data while doing the conversion. I suppose one way would be to disconnect the servers from any network connections and not worry about any logging or other system related change after the backup. It justs seems better to have them offline, boot a utility from either optical or USB media and then take a snapshot of the various disks.

My question is, has anyone else gone down this road? If so, what advice can you offer? What software tool(s) did you find worked well?

Thanks.

Brian
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by:Trenton Knew
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Acronis workstation with advanced platform recovery (about 95 bucks) is the easiest road, but even then, can be a little (interesting).  it will allow you to backup the disk and restore it directly to a virtual machine.  Make sure you check your licensing though, as any servers with OEM licensing will not function on the VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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We actually have created a BartPE CDROM, and on it we use Disk2VHD/Drive Snapshot, to create an offline VHD, which has no OS writing to it.
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