Convert Physical Exchagne 2010 server to ESXi virtual machine

The hardware on the current Exchange 2010 server is not performing very well and we would like to migrate the Exchange environment to an ESXi 5 virtual machine.  Is there a recommended method for doing this migration?  Does the VMware convertor tool work well for this task or is better to create a new Exchange vm and migrate the mailboxes to it?  It is just a single host we are dealing with.
NytroZAsked:
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AmitIT ArchitectCommented:
Here is your answer: create a new Exchange vm and migrate the mailboxes to it
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
not performing well?  have you looked into why it isn't performing well?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Wouldn't catch me doing P2V on a live Exchange server. The risk is too high for almost no gain.
As already suggested, build a new VM, move the mailboxes across. Zero risk, zero downtime.
The only headache is getting the clients to move to the new Exchange server - if you have a CAS Array that is easy, if you don't then you will have to do a bit of work.

Simon.
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NytroZAuthor Commented:
How do I create the CAS array?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Why you should have one: http://semb.ee/casarray
Creating it: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee332317.aspx

Two minutes and it is configured. However to use it you need to repair the profile on every client.

Simon.
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NytroZAuthor Commented:
What exactly does repairing the profile consist of?
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Open Outlook, choose Accounts, click Repair.
It forces a full Autodiscover cycle to take place, which will change the server address to the CAS Array address.

Simon.
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