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VMWare Standalone Converter - Sync after P2V?

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When using the VMWare Standalone Converter, is it possible to P2V a server and then come back for a FINAL SYNC after the initial P2V?

I have a P2V that is taking 7-8 hours, and completes correctly.  During the time of the actual P2V, however, some files and services have their data changed, and it would be great to be able to do a final sync after the job completes.

Is this possible?  I have the completed P2V VM running in VCenter now, completed about 12 hours ago, and it would be great to be able to SYNC and cut.  If not, I am probably looking at re-synching the entire job.

So is it possible to do a differential sync, or a post-virtualization-sync?

Thanks!
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Well the answer is Yes and No, but you MUST, setup the original P2V as a SYNC Job!

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

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

We complete ALL our P2V jobs like this now, because it does not matter, how long the initial (first) P2V takes, but this is how we do it...

1. Setup first jobs as per Article above.
2. Just let the first job complete, it does not matter how long this takes, we've had jobs run for 14 days.
3. Plan a date and time for "cut-over" e.g. the switch over from Physical or Virtual to new Virtual version.
4. 24 hours before planned curt-over, run another job, depending on how active your servers has been could run for a few hours, catching up on the changes.
5. 1-2 hours before planned cut-over, run another job, this should be fairly quick less than 30 mins.
6. At the cut-over time, I would suggest, our of core hours, early morning, we do 3-4am.
7. Final Sync Job and Finish (and make sure all services on Physical are stopped and set to Manual).
8. Shutdown Physical
9. Power up Virtual
10. Remove Hidden Devices.
11. Remove Physical Software
12. Set services to automatic.
13. Reboot Server.
14. Done.

8-14 usually takes us apoprox 60 mins.
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