I am being asked more and more often about how to move virtual machines onto Hyper-V and so I wanted to do a definitive post on the tools and techniques to do this. Whatever your reasons for doing this you’ll want to ensure your users have a good experience post migration and the secret to this is to prepare and plan. So step one is to understand what is to be migrated such as the spec of the physical servers and for each virtual machine:
These kinds of things can all be discovered by using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit(MAP), a free download designed to accelerate your migrations and deployments of any Microsoft technology. It crawls your datacentre with credentials you supply so that it can access such things as what’s running on your Vmware servers, ,the specs of the servers (both physical and virtual) and precisely what OS and software is running on each VM to help you plan migrations and upgrades or just to keep on top of what you have as part of an audit. Note that MAP is continuously updated and already supports migrations to Windows Server 2012 so make sure you pull down the latest version.
However there are things that even MAP doesn’t tell you, for example VMs are often combined to provide n-tier services like SharePoint and it is the overall performance of that service that you’ll want to capture as well as how high availability, disaster recovery and backup are managed. It’s also important to understand who is responsible for each of these services and the business impact of these
Actually the easy bit of the process is the actual conversion of virtual /physical machines and, there are several tools out to convert virtual machines to Hyper-V.
Being ready for Hyper-v is also about the IT guys understanding it. This should just be a conversion process - understanding that the job is the same but is just achieved in a different way using different tools. My top three training tips for getting started with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012:
| would also recommend getting certified and MCSE Windows Infrastructure or MCSE Private Cloud are the two to consider (the latter includes exams on System Center 2012)