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P2V to esxi Free process -- See ****NOW The QUESTION***

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I am wanting to build out a ESXi server (free) and send to siteA...

They will start to P2V about 10 Physical servers over to the (free ESXi) server with MD drives.
Physical Servers have about 13TB of total space -- MD drive has 18TB

(1)  P2V would be HOT cloned.
Unless issues. P2V 10 servers over to ESXi

Make sure to install VMTOOLS and VMHardware

On each VM verify settings and cleanup legacy hardware.
UNCHECK NETWORK and power on VM

Remove old Vendor software
Set System Variables - DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES
Value: 1

Remove legacy vendor Hardware.

If Cold CLone and Controller issue push F6 and put in Driver for P2V process.

****NOW The QUESTION***

Now that all the servers are now virtual and on the FREE ESXi server/Drives...

I am wanting to place into SITEB with other host and vCENTER.
SITEB has dVswitches...

The free ESXi has only standard.

So I am wanting to Storage VMOTION the servers onto the new Storage and HOSTs per the new cluster.
So add Free ESXi server to vCenter.
But what needs to happen to make sure VMs are ported over without a hicup over to dvSWITCH and they will be using iSCSI for Storage.

Also they have a Domain Controller, that may have other roles.  If they have another DC. I was thinking of demoting the DC -- P2V server -- then when we get it back online -- Promote back to a DC again... Unless anyone has objections or a better way of P2V Domain controllers without issues.  The time it would take to go from SITEA to SITEB since they are in totally different States and part of the U.S would be about 2-3 days, so I dont want DCs to tombstone.
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So add Free ESXi server to vCenter.

Cannot add ESXi FREE to vCenter Server.

Use VMware Converter to V2V, or Export and Import.

Part 10: HOW TO: Backup (Export) and Restore (Import) virtual machines to VMware vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 for FREE

It's always recommend and best practice, to create a new Server, Promote to a DC and transfer the roles.
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What about setting up dvswitch and migration of VMS to new storage? and network? minimizing Downtime?
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Storage vMotion will handle migration without downtime.

Migration from standard switch to distributed switch, just change the virtual machine portgroup.
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