Greetings vmWare Experts,
I have a Windows 2008 R2 Physical Server with the following Services:
- Active Directory/DC
- SQL Server 2008
- Exchange Server 2010 Std
I would like to have a full-backup of the above Server in a Virtual state for the worst case scenario.
With that said the physical and virtual server will never run simultaneously.
The Virtual server will start in case that the physical server cannot boot up.
Just because it is a worst case scenario I do not care if the VM is not synchronized since last P2V conversion.
Q1) vmWare does not recommend converting an existing Active Directory and instead recommends creating a new-clean VM and transferring the roles.
Given that the physical and virtual will not run simultaneously should I proceed to the P2V?
Q2) Is the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0.0 capable to cover my needs with the above Server Roles
or should I search for commercial software?
Q3) In case it is required to purchase a P2V software, what would you recommend by your personal experience?