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Converting physical machine to Hyper V

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Hi,

I have to convert several physical machines to virtual machines in a Hyper V environment. I have two host servers with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper V installed, which have been installed by a consultant. As far as I know I need the Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console tool to perform the conversion. However I can't find where to download this tool. Is this a licensed tool or can I download it for free? I've been looking at several Technet articles to find a solution, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc917882.aspx and http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740758.aspx among others, but I can't seem to find the solution. The existing servers must be converted with their current OS, applications etc. So basically I want to create a VHD of the existing physical servers and move them into the Hyper V environment. Can any of you please help me on how to do this?

Thanks in advance,
Ronnie
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Thanks a lot for the replies so far. I have a question regarding Disk2VHD which I had already been looking at. Will this preserve the OS version and all the 3rd party software installed? The software looks as if it could perform the P2V conversion that I'm looking for. I'll have to clean up drivers and stuff after the conversion, and I assume that I'll also have to install the NIC and configure it with the proper IP address etc. on the virtual machine after making sure, the physical server is not connected to the network with the same name and/or IP address anymore, right?
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Disk2VHD does a block-level conversion. So everything (for better or worse) is preserved. Since a VM has a different NIC, the virtualized OS will see it as different hardware (much like plugging in  a USB adapter into a machine) so it will not have any of the old NIC settings.
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