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Physical to Virtual server

I have a physical server (windows 2008 R2 64 bit) that I want to convert to a VM. I am running ESXi 5.5.  I have run some test on test servers converting them from Physical to Virtual using  the VM convert tool   VMware VCenter converter Standalone 5.5.2.

My questions is are there any issues or things to watch out for when doing this when converting a Production server.  I have no issues with the test servers that I have tried this with.
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JaysonJackson
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, there are LOTS!

Read my EE Articles...

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

the FAQ will answer most questions....

Most people think, you can just install "VMware Converter" click a few buttons, and you'll have a VM - not quite....

Speed of transfer, and hidden drivers and software left over after a P2V, and also OEM is worth a mention, change the size of the drive on conversion, sometimes do not make to many configuration changes, and do NOT allocate settings that converter recommends, e.g. 4 vCPUs and Memory!

Start with 1 or 2 vCPU (sockets) and what ever memory is currently in use!

see more articles I've written

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

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

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.2 - OpenSSL HeartBleed Fix included in this version
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_13923-HOW-TO-P2V-V2V-for-FREE-VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone-5-5-2-OpenSSL-HeartBleed-Fix-included-in-this-version.html

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_14299-HOW-TO-Shrink-a-VMware-Virtual-Machine-Disk-VMDK-using-VMware-vCenter-Converter-Standalone.html

and we do approx 400-500 P2V a week for clients, from physical to virtual, hyper-v to virtual, virtual to cloud, cloud to VMware etc
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JaysonJacksonAuthor Commented:
Thanks good reading.
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