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SBS 2011 on VMWorkstation

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tran_2012Flag for United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland asked on
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HI,

I need to build new SBS 2011 Standard server, and to complete this job we have very limited time, which I believe is not enough to complete installation, Live updates, and moving data from old Exchange server and File Server data.

I am planning to install SBS 2011 on VMWorkstation, do all the live updates, create users , folder redirection etc. and then Export VMs as OVF and import into ESXI 5.5 server. after this move exchange and file server data to SBS 2011.

My question is Has any one done this short of installation.?,
What are the issue that i should take in consideration?
What VM Hardware version i need to use on VMWarkstation to install SBS 2011 which can later be transfer ESXI 5.5
How to export VM without hardware driver and restore into new hardware machine?

The situation we have is :
We only have 1 physical server
Server does not have enough disk space and ram available to create new VM
ESXI on the server is 5.0 and its temperamental, so we need to re-format machine, with new RAID 5 and do a fresh install on ESXI 5.5 U3

Thank you very much