Physical to Virtual server

Posted on 2014-08-25
Last Modified: 2014-08-26
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.
Question by:JaysonJackson
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    Yes, there are LOTS!

    Read my EE Articles...

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