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Hi Experts,

I have a cluster with 2 nodes of exchange 2007, SCC.
I am in the process of virtualization.
Is it possible to P2V my exchange 2007 cluster int one vm ?
Because in the cluster just one node is always active.
Is it possible to start a P2V job of the active node and later run it on my vm ?
I know about performance and so on.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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You can P2V a cluster.

and just have a single node in the cluster running.

However, P2V is not the support method of migrating an Exchange Server, creating a new server and moving the mailboxes is the supported method.

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Yes I know, this is not the best way.
What you mean is a migration right ?

But first I want to make P2V.
When I start P2V, my exchange is reachable with this name CL03EX.
Behind CL03EX there is the active node S03EX.

Can I just start P2V from the CL03EX into a new VM ?
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You can P2V any server.

If Clustering is installed, you will need to access via the Cluster Node name. (you'll just have a single node in the back!)
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ok this sounds good.
If all fails I will do it like this thanks a lot.
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so in this case, the old clustername is also gone or changed, right ?
When I use a new computername, then it is gone.
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Cluster Name is defined by the Cluster Service and DNS.

Node Name is the Machine Name and different.

You will need to P2V the Node.

Later you can access via the Node or Cluster Name (if Cluster is enabled!)
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Ok, I want to get rid of the old cluster name.
I want to create a new exch2013 vm.
Later I want the DAG with 3 servers.
so the DB is on the different machines, right ?
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What about limitations to virtulize exchange 2013 ?
is it possible to virtulize EXCH2013 with VMWARE ?
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Yes, of course it's possible.
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...ok and what about VMWARE and NETAPP Storage with NFS ?
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...ok and what about VMWARE and NETAPP Storage with NFS ?

what about it's supported, and a very good match, and NetApp recommend the use of NFS with VMware vSphere.
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but Microsoft dont support EXCH2013 over NFS....
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Correct, but VMware Administrators still use it.

How often do you get an issue, where you need to call Microsoft, and do you have a support agreement with them!

Have a read of this:-

http://windowsitpro.com/blog/raging-debate-around-lack-nfs-support-exchange
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Ok thanks.
Now my problem is, I have storage and VM licenses.
I want to run 350 mailboxes on exchange server on a vm with VMWARE and on NETAPP Storage with NFS.

What do you think about it ?
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No issues but check with your NetApp vendor you have sized NetApp correctly.
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Good idea thanks.
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