Virtualizing Windows 2008 server and adding the server to VCenter

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Hi

I have a Windows 2008 server HP physical server and I would like to virtualize this server.
We use VMware vSphere Client version 6.7.0.30000.

Please post me tutorials  as how to virtualize this server  and add this server to our  VCenter.

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Firstly, is the Windows 2008 Server an OEM edition, e.g. it was supplied with the hardware, or is it a retail edition of the software.

The reason I ask, is because although you can technically P2V this server, when you start the server as a your virtual server, Activation will break! Goto 2nd Post.

So can you let me know.... OEM or Retail ?

"VMware Converter" is the software to use because it will copy and convert the Windows 2008 OS to the virtual hardware.

I've written extensively about VMware Converter, see here

Whether you are a VMware vSphere Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert, Physical to Virtual conversions sometimes are not easy, and many issues can arise, a successful conversion requires 50% technical knowledge, 25% patience and  25% luck to get a successful conversion. Sometimes it is not as simple, as install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, and click next to obtain a successful conversion.


If you've never done a P2V before, you've got some reading to do.....please read all my EE Articles and all the links.

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HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Commented:
I'll start a new POST, because if OEM..... this post applies, if not ignore and go back to my Articles in first post.

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

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28950405/Virtual-Machine-XP-license-problems.html#a41642367

there is an EE Question here, on this very subject of OEM conversions!

https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28950405/Virtual-Machine-XP-license-problems.html#a41642367

and two EE Articles

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

https://www.experts-exchange.com/articles/3218/XP-OEM-and-the-repair-reinstallation-which-disk-do-I-need.html

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Hi Andrew

 It is a windows 2008 Media server and on the E drive i have created a share and all the media files are located on this E drive.

I just thought , i can build a windows 2019 server and  copy all the files to the new server ?
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On the new windows server that i am going to build , does the E drive needs to be a GPT?
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Okay so do you want to convert the server or build a new server?

You can just build a new server and transfer the files and recreate the share.

If the volume needs to be 2TB or larger it’s GPT

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Thanks Andrew
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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no problems.

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