P2V from Windows XP to VMware ESXi or VSphere

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Does anyone have a checklist or best practice for this process?
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Here's a P2V Checklist Link from a VMUG, I have written many EE Articles on P2V using VMware Converter, use the latest version available, and install it on the VM to be converted, and take note if your OS is OEM version, e.g. shipped with the PC.

http://www.vminstall.com/vmware-p2v-checklist-for-servers/

it's for servers, but you'll get the general idea.


First, make sure the Windows XP is not OEM.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) versions

Note: Physical-to-virtual hard drive migration of a Windows installation is a valid function for customers with Software Assurance and full retail copies of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Software Assurance provides users valuable benefits—please contact Microsoft Corporation for further information. Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 installed by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) using OEM versions of these products may not be transferred to a virtual hard drive in accordance with Microsoft licensing terms.

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http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/A_3721-Can-I-transfer-my-OEM-version-of-Windows-to-another-PC.html

see my EE Articles

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0
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The solution was to not P2V the machine.

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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for jduran04's comment #a41220754

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I am issuing a C grade because it is a fair solution.  The issue is addressed and resolved.

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