P2V Conversion project

I have been requested by my company to do P2V  for about 20 Servers/PCs and requested to forward a step-by-step  Project Plan from start to finish - they want to know how I will do this?  This to include the requirements including   how many additional  Memory/ SAN/storage etc.  The OS is  Windows 2000/2008/Win XP/Win 7.  Could I have a specific  Guideline with example (if available) or is there any sample project that can provide me some ideas to enable me to accomplish this.
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Word to the Wise, uninstall any hardware specific programs you have installed before proceeding.  I did a p2v on an HP server and it would not boot because it couldn't find the array controller etc.
My choice would be fresh install.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It depends on how quick and how many man hours you want to spend on this Project, there are two options, it could be completed in a matter of hours or weeks, using either FREE or Commercial Software.

1. FREE VMware vCenter Standalone Converter software
2. NETIQ Platespin Migrate or Double Take MOVE

Please see my EE Articles, I've written extensively around this subject.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

Yours first issue and hurdle, is Windows 2000, this is old, and support has been removed from many software products.

Use Microsoft Excel, and record the CPUs, Memory, and Storage requirements of ALL your physical computers, you will need this memory, and CPU requirement, and storage requirement, when your virtualise the computers.

You can reduce the storage requirement for your servers, to reduce the servers required.
You could do with using perfmon on each physical server, to see exactly how much CPU/RAM is really being used on average and sizing the new VMs accordingly during the conversion. See https://www.vmadmin.co.uk/resources/38-converter/94-converterprep2vchecklist

Sometimes it will be better to do a fresh install rather than doing a P2V, esp if there are loads of services running as these can cause all sorts of issues and it just isn't worth it

Andrews guides are always on the money and also have a look at http://blog.pluralsight.com/vmware-p2v-migration

Also make sure you do a clean up after pjam said, or you could end up with issues

http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/removing-old-hardware-after-a-p2v-conversion/ try to do some cleanup before like

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cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Great answers. However, is there any specimen project or example that you may direct to. Thanks

Have a look at this, there is a checklist that is on the money in an Excel spreadsheet
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and be prepared for P2V failure, if using FREE Tools!

if you look through my articles, you will also find some scripts that can be used, if using FREE tools!
cgeorgeisaacAuthor Commented:
Great PiedthePiper and Andrew - that works.
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