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Hi All

I am just after a sanity check on a project I am working on

Current setup

Hyper-V Cluster 2008 R2, 3 new hosts (HP), two old hosts and iSCSI MSA SAN near capacity.
The new hosts are about a year old but the SAN is old and had failed once.

Proposed setup

Replace with VMware 5.5 (not a Hyper-V fan) and SAS based P2000 HP SAN
There are two older hosts left in the existing Hyper cluster I can utilise as temporary space while one of the new hosts is taken offline to install the SAS HBA,  SD and VMware.  All of the networking will be replicated and setup
The new SAN is set up and in place, so once the initial hosts are set up in VMware I plan to use VMware converter to V2V the Hyper-V VM's to the VMware cluster.  I am going to need a variety of converter versions as there is a mix of 2003 - 2012 OS

Anyone see any issues with the migration from Hyper-V to VMware in this way?

Perhaps some disk alignment post move?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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It looks a good plan, and as for disk alignment, we could debate the performance issues of WIndows 2003 for many weeks, how long are you going to keep the 2003 servers before you retire them....

I would put disk alignment/partition alignment at the bottom of my list!

"VMware Converter" V2V from Hyper-V works very well, working on many projects at present doing the same thing....

Some more tips....

Sometimes Dynamic Disks, may give you errors on conversion, so convert to fixed on Hyper-V before you start...

Also sometimes we've found the massive "change/conversion" the VM needs to be activated again, so keep your Product key to hand..

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.2 - OpenSSL HeartBleed Fix included in this version
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No further validation needed if it gets your stamp of approval Mr H!

Looking to be rid of the Windows Server 2003 servers within the next six months if all goes according to plan

Thanks for the additional tips, exactly what I was after
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