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Physical to Virtual Migration of Server 2012 RDS Server - Hyper-V or VMWare?

I have been tasked with migrating an existing physical installation of Windows Server 2012 running RDS for 5 users to new hardware. Initially, they decided to cut some costs and purchased a drastically undersized system to install Server 2012 on.  As a result, they are having serious performance issues for the 5 users connecting.  

I am currently configuring a proper server to move the installation to.  This seemed like the ideal time to virtualize the installation.  I haven't had the chance to play with Server 2012 yet, so my question is...

Should I be using Hyper-V on the host or ESXi?  I am much more familiar with VMware's products, but I want to avoid any performance issues that may present in my planned migration.

Any help would be appreciated.
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urbanstyles
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Joseph DalyCommented:
Assuming you have the correct specs for processor, memory, storage the difference between the two will be negligible. If you are more familair with ESXi then I would reccomend using that. It sounds like you are planning on using a single stand alone server running with the free version of ESXi.

If you are using esxi you can simply use the Vmware converter to P2V the phsyical box and you should be pretty much done.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghDesktop Applications SpecialistCommented:
If all things are same, I expect better performance from VMware as of Mid 2015.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
both Hypervisors are very good, and offer the same functions.

Both Microsoft and VMware Offer P2V tools for free.

Hyper-V or VMware ESXi are both very good Hypervisors.

You will need to ensure, you user a server in the HCL for VMware ESXi.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

and here are my EE Articles, with screenshots and step by step instructions of how to install it.

Part 1: HOW TO: Install and Configure VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 2: HOW TO: Connect to the VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client

Part 3: HOW TO: Create an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image (*.iso), and MD5 checksum signature, for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 4: HOW TO: Upload an ISO CD-ROM/DVD-ROM image to a VMware datastore for use with VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) using the vSphere Client, and checking its MD5 checksum signature is correct.

Part 5: HOW TO: Enable SSH Remote Access on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1)

Part 6: HOW TO: Create your first Linux Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 7: HOW TO: Create your first Windows Virtual Machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 8: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Windows on a VMware Windows virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 9: HOW TO: Install VMware Tools for Linux on a VMware Linux virtual machine on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

Part 11: HOW TO: Suppress Configuration Issues System logs on host are stored on non-persistent storage

Part 12: HOW TO: Configure and Replace the SSL Certificate on a VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (ESXi 5.1) Host Server

Microsoft has issued a free tool to do this correctly now.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE to Hyper-V -  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

and so does VMware

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

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
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