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MVMC , what happens to physical source server?

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I had this question after viewing HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1.

Forgive me, but I could not find a clear answer to this...Will the conversion process leave the physical source server intact and only create the converted files to the destination Hyper-V server?  I need to make sure the physical server will still be up and available with its current configuration while I test the Hyper-V setup in a test environment.
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Hello,

MVMC will shutdown the physical server as far as I remember but no changes will be made on the physical server. Its recommended to shutdown the physical server anyways before turning on the converted VM. Else, same machine with two different IPs or even two machines with same name joined to the same active directory etc could create some surprises at some point.

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Forgive me, but I could not find a clear answer to this...Will the conversion process leave the physical source server intact and only create the converted files to the destination Hyper-V server?

Yes.


I need to make sure the physical server will still be up and available with its current configuration while I test the Hyper-V setup in a test environment.

Correct, it does not shutdown or change the content on the source server.

You can power up the P2Ved Server on the Hyper-V host for testing before you turn off the original (just make sure the networking on Hyper-V is "OFF"! e.g. both servers are not connected to the same network at the same time (ever!)

Also note that MVMC has now  been discontinued, it was in 2016!

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Andrew,

Just curious, if MVMC has been discontinued, what is the current  preferred method for physical to VM conversions?

Thanks!
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Disk2VHD can be used, but is technically not supported.

see here

https://www.veeam.com/blog/how-to-convert-physical-machine-hyper-v-virtual-machine-disk2vhd.html

Azure Recovery Services is the replacement.

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My Hyper-V server is server 2019 standard, so I guess the MVMC is not an option for me because it only supports up to 2012?  Trying to VM a Server 2008 Enterprise to the Hyper-V 2019 server..
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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You could try, but don't be surprised if it does not work!

Disk2VHD.

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Thanks to all for your guidance.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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