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VMware Converter of physical SBS 2008 - best practice

Guys,

We're trying to migrate a physical SBS 2008 server to ESXi 5.1 U2.
We've installed  VMware-converter-en-5.5.3-2183569 on the SBS itself and i wish to know if that's the best practice OR should I install it on a different machine and do the conversion from there?

In addition yesterday we've tried to perform the conversion, but after nearly 3 hours it was still stuck on 1% while transferring only 600MB in total out of 360GB.

I would highly appreciate your input on what's the best practice to perform this migration.

Thanks in advance
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Agree with Andrew.  As a backup solution, in case there are still issues with the conversion, you could dig up a copy of the VMware converter cold boot 4.1 disc and try converting it when the server is shut down.  Its not officially supported by VMware any longer but it does still work, and is compatible with vSphere 5.
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Thanks - worked like a charm