Solved

p2v windows server 2008 vmware

Posted on 2015-02-05
6
346 Views
Last Modified: 2015-02-05
i have a windows 2008 server hosting sql server, file server and its a primary domain controller as well
Total Disk space 400G.
Is vmware free physical to virtual tool best for this? http://www.vmware.com/uk/products/converter
We aim to virtualise the server and move it to an existing esx host running esx 5.0
0
Comment
Question by:Syed Hashmi
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 2
6 Comments
 
LVL 12

Assisted Solution

by:Bryant Schaper
Bryant Schaper earned 333 total points
ID: 40591577
Yes, it is the best choice.  However you may want to consider a clean build for those Features.

VMware has special considerations for both SQL and a DC.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Syed Hashmi
ID: 40591714
hi Bryant. thanks for swift response. please elaborate a little more about "consider clean build for those features"
0
 
LVL 121

Assisted Solution

by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 167 total points
ID: 40591789
Yes, it's free see my EE Articles

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5.3 - Shellshock "BASH" Fix included in this version

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

BUT, a few warnings, it is better and recommended, to create a new Server, Promote to a DC, and Transfer the FSMO ROLES!

and then decommission the DC.

If you CANNOT do this, you will want to look at the SYNC method, and I have another article for you..

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Any more questions please ask about "VMware Converter"
0
What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

 
LVL 12

Accepted Solution

by:
Bryant Schaper earned 333 total points
ID: 40591945
Sure, building a new server provides a clean environment that virtualized instead of importing a system that may have buggy behavior, like most windows servers seem to have over time.

Domain controllers are critical to network, so many of the recommendations are to avoid latency and corruption of AD.  
   Disable time sync via VMware
   no snapshots or clones
   do not pause a DC
   no disk caching

SQL Servers just require some performance tuning, now that you are in a virtual environment it has an impact on other servers and vice versa, so I tune things like max memory and you may consider where you are placing the database on disks to get optimum performance.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Syed Hashmi
ID: 40592202
Thank mate.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Syed Hashmi
ID: 40592203
Thanks both of you.
0

Featured Post

Flexible connectivity for any environment

The KE6900 series can extend and deploy computers with high definition displays across multiple stations in a variety of applications that suit any environment. Expand computer use to stations across multiple rooms with dynamic access.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If we need to check who deleted a Virtual Machine from our vCenter. Looking this task in logs can be painful and spend lot of time, so the best way to check this is in the vCenter DB. Just connect to vCenter DB(default DB should be VCDB and using…
In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 6.5 (ESXi 6.5) Host Server, using the VMware Host Client. The virtual machine has Windows Server 2016 instal…
This video shows you how easy it is to boot from ISO images for virtual machines with the ISO images stored on a local datastore on the ESXi host.
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
Suggested Courses

624 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question