How to replace Window7/8 with ESX in new PC ?

Hi I want to replace windows7/8 with ESX in a new PC. But I still need the Windows7/8. The windows7/8 will become guest host in ESX, which will be installed in the new PC and replace windows7/8. That also means the windows7/8 migrate from the new PC into the ESX. The windows key also migrate. Anyone can give me some suggestion ? Thank you
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to convert your physical machines to virtual machines with VMware Converter available from www.vmware.com.

Then back up the virtual machines securely onto another machine.

Format your machine and install ESX. Make sure your machine is on the hardware compatibility list BEFORE you start. ESX normally goes on Servers, so you want to make sure your machine is supported before starting.
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eemoonAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your fast reply.
Then back up the virtual machines securely onto another machine.
Do you mean back up physical machine into VM ?
What is anther machine you mentioned? is it physical PC?or just VM ? Can you send a link about how to back up my physical machine ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. I mean convert (VMware Convertor) into a Virtual Machine. Then move the virtual machine to a different physical computer.

Then install ESX and set up the virtual machines.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The high level steps are these:

1. Have another machine networked to your Windows 8 machine.
2. Install VMware Convertor V6 into the Windows 8 machine.
3. Convert the Windows 8 machine to a virtual machine (target the output to the other machine).
4. Do the same for Windows 7.
5. Format the first machine and install ESX.

Caution:

The conversion of the Windows 7 / 8 OEM machines moves the license to the virtual machine. The physical machines are toast at this point.

Make sure the computer you want for ESX is on the hardware compatibility list.

It is pretty much a one way street, so make very certain all will work.
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eemoonAuthor Commented:
1. Have another machine networked to your Windows 8 machine.
2. Install VMware Convertor V6 into the Windows 8 machine.

That means that in the new machine(Win8), install VMware Convertor V6 and then convert this Win8 itself into another physical machine ?
If so, can we convert the Win8 into hard drive through USB ?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. I think you need to read up substantially on what you are trying to do.

First, a Virtual Machine is going to be 50 to 100 GB in size. Forget putting it on a USB key. You need a second real computer with tons of free disk space.

Second, converting Windows 8 makes a Virtual Machine disk file. That goes to the second real computer.

You need to connect the first machine to the second machine with fast Ethernet.

The first machine is going to be formatted and all the contents will be gone. So make sure your machines have converted successfully. You might consider mounting them in VMware Workstation to ensure they work.

Only then format the first machine and install ESX.

Why are you doing this?  You can study virtualization on a standard computer with VMware Workstation . That is what I do .
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eemoonAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your explanation. I need to setup a small lab in one PC where several virtual Cisco products can run. So I want the new PC to have both original windows function and ESX function. Do you think this is a good way? Have you heard someone else do like this? VMware station cannot have enough features for the virtual Cisco products, while ESX can do it, I guess
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
ESX is a full operating system . You cannot install it alongside another OS . You install ESX and then everything else is a virtual machine.

I think you might be better off with a Windows 8.1 or 10 host and then VMWARE Workstation
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eemoonAuthor Commented:
Yes, my plan is to install windows7/8 as virtual machine on the ESX. Thank you for your answers
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and good luck with your project. I hope you are very successful.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would ask why first? If you need more advice, please post a new question! and if this is your first experience with ESXi.....then this series of my Articles are just for you...


see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots


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Please note, you will need a supported Server, from the HCL.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

You will also need another computer to install the vSphere Client to connect to ESXi, to use your Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs, or connect via RDP.

But performance of Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a VM will be poor compared to Windows 7 or Windows 8 using the previous Bare Metal!

Also if these version of Windows 7/8 are 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.

Source
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
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