VCenter V2P

Hey guys, we currently have VCenter running as a VM and the business has decided they want to move this to a physical server. I'm thinking of doing a V2P conversion and leaving the original VM in place but powered off. I'm not sure if the V2P will work or not, but I guess if I have all the relevant drivers for the physical then it should.

Once the V2P is completed I will shut the VM down and power up the physical. I presume everything will remain exactly as it did when it was running as a VM? All the hosts should remain connected, etc....

If the physical ever dies or has serious hardware problems I could shut it down and power up the virtual.

Does anyone see any problem or issue with this?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If you have the SQL database it's much easier to stand up new server and to point the SQL DB to the current SQL Server while installing vCenter.  V2P is much more complex, since the SQL DB has all of the configuration it's much easier to do a brand new install and go from there which means that you will not have clean up all the virtual drivers, etc..

Where is the SQL DB located?  Is it SQL express or full blown sql server?  What are going to use for V2P?
amaru96Author Commented:
Hi, the SQL database is located on another dedicated SQL server.

If we were to build a new vcenter from scratch and point it to the existing database, I assume then we will have to add all the hosts back in?

The idea was to have a "backup" VCenter server as a VM in case the physical fails. Rather than having to build a new one, pointing it to the database, and then re-attaching all the hosts.

I was planning on using Acronis with universal restore to do the V2P. Never tried it though, so not sure it will even work.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Just re-install vCenter Server, and when it asks for a database, create a DSN to point to the existing database, this makes vCenter Server "portable".

or you could continue with V2P, Acronis with Universal Restore also works, make sure you supply the storage controller driver for it.

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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
If you re-install vCenter and point to old database it should have everything that you had prior.  The current VM would still be a backup if you keep it around. You can use Acronis or a trial copy of Symantec Recovery product with restore anywhere option
amaru96Author Commented:
OK thanks for the info guys.
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