P to V (Hyper V) a SBS 2011 server


I have a project where i need to turn my SBS 2011 physical server into a hyper v VM.

Should i be using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 to undertake this or possible System Center 2012?

I have a Server 2012 R2 Hyper V Core server ready to take the VM.

WIll doing this leave the physical server intact incase there are any conversion issues?

timb551IT ManagerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Correct, one of the advantages of a P2V, is the physical server is not altered, so in terms of a rollback, you can rollback to the physical server if the conversion fails.

Make sure that both physical and virtual are not on the network at the same time, and once you have switched over to virtual server, you cannot go back to the physical.
timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Which tool should i look at using?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

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timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Does it benefit me to use the SCVMM?

Also i am going from a non dell server to a dell.

Does the underlying hardware change affect me when it comes to P to V?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the hardware will change from physical to virtual.

If you do not own SCVMM, I would not bother purchasing it to do a P2V, but SCVMM works better, than the FREE Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1.
timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:

I understand about the hardware changing from physical to virtual, just concerned about the current hardware drivers for raid etc and if there will be any kind of booting issue after the p to v.

I have experienced issues with sbs 2011 in the past when changing physical raid controller.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
A successful Physical to virtual conversion, converts the OS, and injects the drivers to work with the virtual hardware.

if you virtual machine does not BOOT, the conversion has failed.

you may want to read the first few lines of my EE Article, although it states VMware, the first few paragraphs are relevant to any P2V.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
timb551IT ManagerAuthor Commented:
ok thats great.

thanks for your advice.
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