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I have a virtual server with an application installed.  I dont have the software available to re-install because it is EOL.  How can I migrate it from virtual to physical?
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Question by:Jack_son_
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You must image the existing OS on the virtual server to the physical server.

This is not likely to boot, because the storage controllers will be different, and you'll end up with a BSOD, inaccessible boot disk, Stop 0x7b.

So what physical server are you migrating to, and what storage controller is present.
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by:John Hurst
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If it is a virtual server, it will last forever and it can be moved to another host server. What need to make it real?  I would leave it as is as I believe you will be better off in the long run.
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I agree, this is a requirement from the Business.  I really have no way to install the application.  Is there possibly a backup and restore option for this?
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You could look at all the installation registry entries and all the files and folders, and DLLs, and try and reverse engineer the installation, but this would take many man hours and may not lead to a successful outcome.
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You could always build a new server and then install the applications you need on the new server. That would probably save more man-hour dollars than the cost of the server itself.
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you would need to migrate the entire virtual machine, OS and apps.
see https://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/
without more information as to the system (windows, linux, whatever) it is a bit hard to assist.

However if I assume windows, your other option would be to use somtehing like storage craft Shadowprotect, to backup the server and then restore to dissimilar hardware. You will have to be a little carefull with the hardware and you will probably have to to re-register windows at the end.

So certainly it CAN be done, but i see no GOOD reason to do it. If it is a requirement from the business, then you need to advise them that it is a bad decision.

It is currently operating as a virtual, so it obviously supports it, the only reason that i see that you would consider it, is that the system needs more power and the current host is already over provisioned with other systems. The business decision then would be that to give it more power it needs a new host, and the cost of a VMWARE certified host is prohibitive.

My suggestion in this case would be to go to a Server 2012R2 Core server http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-hyper-v-server-2012-r2

I personally use both (Vmware & Hyper-v) I am not going to get into a discussion as to which is better, as they both have their place. What i will say is that the Hyper-v software being built on windows, supports a lot more harware, at a lot lower price point.
So if resources and cost of server is the reason then i would be migrating to Hyper-V (on a new host) and assign it all that it needs.

Cheers
Andrew
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Neither Converter, nor any other VMware product, currently supports going from a virtual machine to a physical machine.  
 
VMware provides a guide for performing V2P migrations, at  with Sysprep and Symantec Ghost.

Procedure can be followed with this link.

https://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/doc/V2P_TechNote.pdf



Thanks
 Aj
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