P2V 2013 Exchange Migration with Virtual Machine Manager

Hi All,

Has anyone done a P2V conversion of a physical Exchange 2013 server running on 2012 Server; to a Virtual Server also running Server 2012?  The Hypervisor would Micosoft Hyper-V and I'd be making the move using Virtual Machine Manager.

Any advice?  Precautionary measures? Gotcha's?  Explosions? that I should be on the lookout for?

Also, what time frame would you estimate this could be done in?  The current Exchange Server has about 80GB utilized on the disk array.

THansk in advance!
James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
There is a very good guide written by a Microsoft MVP on the subject of doing a P2V on Exchange servers. While it is now a little dated, the advice is as applicable to Exchange 2013 and Server 2012 as it was when it was written. This should cover all the basics and in far more detail than any reply here could.


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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
It isn't something I would do.
The risk isn't really worth it. Almost all P2V I have done have ended up being rebuilt within months.

Why do a P2V anyway? A new virtual machine build will take less than an hour on decent hardware off an ISO, Exchange 2013 will install in 40 minutes and you can then move the mailboxes with ZERO downtime.
You then have a clean build, latest OS installation, latest Exchange installation and no overhead from the previous server, with its hardware drivers etc.

James FryEnterprise Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thank you both for your insight.
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