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Hello,

This is a quick and simple question.  Is it possible to PtoV a live and frequently used Windows 7 computer (which is really being used as a code processing server) without many issues?

I want to get this done and don't want to wait after hours or for it to become free of work loads.  So, if it's a non issue, it would be nice to PtoV this server while its being used, especially if the only problem with doing so is that it will take a bit longer.

Thanks for the info.
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Yes, very easy.

You can actually do it in the back ground....so two jobs....

1. VMware Converter with Sync Job (while it's being used)

2. VMware Converter with final sync job (I would not use it when this is being done).

But you should be able to get done, with little down time!

see my EE Articles

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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

The only gotcha, is if the Windows 7 license is OEM, e.g. it was purchased/delivered with the computer, because after conversion to a VM, it may require re-activation, or a new Retail/Volume license!
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Perfect, thanks for the info.  

One last quick question about one of the steps before I close this off.  In the VMware Converter wizard, when you get to the select target step.  You have the choice between choosing the host directly, or choosing your vCenter server?  I would prefer to choose the vCenter server as when you choose to connect to the host directly you get that managed by vCenter server error (having to disconnect it first and all that jazz).  

What I am wondering having not done this before, is if I pick the vCenter server as the PtoV target, does the wizard then render all of the hosts managed by the vCenter server and let me pick one of them and then further the local storage on those hosts (we dont have a SAN)?  Your documentation appears to show this, but I just wanted to make double sure and that there are no gotcha's.

Thanks
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If your hosts are managed by vCenter Server, in the latest version of vCenter Server/ESXi, you must specify vCenter Server to Convert to and through.

If you have a VMware HA or VMware DRS cluster, vCenter will dictate which host to allocate the converted VM, if no cluster, you can select which host and which datastore.
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Super, thanks again :)
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