I have an application that I will be upgrading soon. The upgrade is going to be an "in-place" upgrade of the application and will take about 2 weeks. Therefore, the application will not be available during the upgrade process. To get around this issue, I would like to create a virtual host using a spare server I have, and P2V the current server with the application over to the host and then take the server being upgraded offline for upgrading. This way, I will have the existing server and application in virtual form and the application still available to our users while the existing application server and application is being upgraded. Once the upgrade is complete, I would take the virtual host offline and return users to using the original server and now upgraded application. I have attached a diagram of my intention for clarity.
My question is, would I be able to do this using existing free VMware products such as Esxi? And if so, what tool would I use to P2V the server?
Thank you in advance,