P2V on a physical server down time concerns

I will be P2V'ing a Dell R410 Server with 1TB Hardrive.  I will be doing a Remote hot cloning, i.e., virtualizing a powered on physical machine.

Its been a while since ive done one and i dont remember if either the conversion part or the synchronization part at the end took a while or not or whether it caused any noticeable down time to the Physical Machine that is in use.

The plan is to Remote hot clone to a VM but keep it off the network while i get the VM ready before i put it on the network to officially switch over to it.

Im not sure what the Synchronization process does exactly or whether it is even needed in my scenario
JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Its been a while since ive done one and i dont remember if either the conversion part or the synchronization part at the end took a while or not or whether it caused any noticeable down time to the Physical Machine that is in use.

It depends the last how you perform the P2V with sync option, we would recommend you do it daily, and 2 hours before cutover, complete a another sync, and before cutover another sync!

It depends on the rate of change of data in the VM.

Downtime can be kept to a minimum.

see my EE Article for the procedure, and make sure you are using 6.2 of VMware Converter.

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
can a synchronization be done manually after a P2V conversion has finished?
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
What's the product being used to run this process?
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
VMware Vcenter Converter Standalone 6.1
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We're an all Hyper-V house here so definitely out of my league. :)
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hi Hancock, thanks for droping in!

Your the guy i want to talk to.

What exactly does Synchronization do?  What is going on in the background?  what is it actually synching?  

Im asking these questions because our director is asking me and i dont know the best way to explain it
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok fine! if you dont want to answer that question, Ive never P2V'd a  From a source that had a 1.2TB drive before so im just curious, more less how much time would the backup(First part of the p2v) take in your past experience?  does not have to be exact, i just want to know an estimate

also how much time you think would the Synchronization and Final Synchronization take if i were to do it all in one shot?  say we schedule it for a maintenance window and it does its thing at that time.  More less how much time would this part take for a P2V like this with a 1.2TB drive?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ok fine! if you dont want to answer that question, Ive never P2V'd a  From a source that had a 1.2TB drive before so im just curious, more less how much time would the backup(First part of the p2v) take in your past experience?  does not have to be exact, i just want to know an estimate

So many variables, to take into account, speed of source, speed of destination. so how long is a piece of string. BUT it does not matter.... if it takes 1 day, 2 days, 5 weeks.... for the first P2V... when sync....ing.

also how much time you think would the Synchronization and Final Synchronization take if i were to do it all in one shot?

depends on the rate of change of data on the server!
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok thanks, i understand.  one last question Looking through documentation and google.  I am not finding a definite answer to this yet.


The last time i used P2V was Vwmare converter 4 or it might of been even earlier version.  

Is there a way to synchronize manually?  

Do i have to set a schedule? or can i initiate that part on demand when i am ready?
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Nevermind, I found the answer to my question


Thanks again!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Sync is a manual function, and it's at your complete control...
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok what about the physical server i am converting?  I cant seem to get a clear answer on this,

Will the Physical server be down while the first part of the conversion (basically the cloning/conversion part) is taking place?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Ok what about the physical server i am converting?  I cant seem to get a clear answer on this,

Will the Physical server be down while the first part of the conversion (basically the cloning/conversion part) is taking place?

No, why should it be down?

The "DATA COPY" is provided by the Shadow Copy service, so is down in the back ground....
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