P2V Exchange 2010

I'm going to P2V our Exchange 2010 (single server) running on Win 2008 R2 server. The mailbox storage is about 125G. Can you tell me any pitfalls and what I should pay attention to? Thanks.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
The only thing i suggest is that you stop ALL Exchange services when you are doing the P2V.

The Pitfall will be Exchange will need to be offline when you are doing the P2V.


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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
There are three methods to do this....

1. Offline and Powered down, e.g. the COLD Method
2. Online with services stopped
3. Online with Sync Method, final Sync stop services.

Also you will want to remove ALL physical software before you start the P2V, and remove ALL hidden devices and drivers after the P2V.

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CastlewoodAuthor Commented:
Appreciate your info. I turned off UAC, firewall and all Exchange services. Converter 6.0 works well.
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