During the past year, we’ve been working on building a new P2V toolkit that was recently released.  This toolkit, Configuration Manager P2V Migration Toolkit, aims at accelerating the migration to Configuration Manager 2012.  It is, though, much more than just a P2V toolkit and over the new few posts I will dive deep into how it is built and how you can contribute to the future of the toolkit.

For now, I’m going to just share a few things in today’s post.  The first is to share with you the official release statement around this CTP release that is now posted and available on Microsoft Connect.

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The official announcement took place at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 in Las Vegas last week.  However, with the help of the Configuration Manager Technical Product Manager Jeff Wettlaufer, it was re-announced again on the System Center Nexus blog.

The Official Announcement:

The Configuration Manager team is pleased to release a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit. This tool is designed to assist organizations in their migrations from Configuration Manager 2007, to Configuration Manager 2012. Below are some details and links for more information and access to the download.

What is the Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit?
The Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit is designed to assist organizations in migrating their environments from Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012. This primary scenario this tool assists is situations where remote Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 site servers need to be retained during the side-by-side migration process to Configuration Manager 2012. There may be other applications of the tool.
How does this Tool help organizations?
The product enables customers to convert Configuration Manager 2007 site servers to Virtual Machines (VHD) files and restage the server as a Hyper-V host with the created VHD. By converting the existing site servers into Virtual Machines at remote locations, customers can re-use the same hardware (given sufficient resources) to stand-up a Configuration Manager 2012 site server and perform the side-by-side migration.
Where can I download?
All pre-release versions are made available through the Connect website which enables feedback directly to the P2V migration toolkit development team during the Community Technology Preview phase:
https://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/program6835
The System Center Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit product is a separate installer, and is released separately from the Configuration Manager 2012 product as it is run against the existing ConfigMgr 2007 product.
How can I provide feedback?
The CTP release is supported through Connect website, please use the specific feedback form for the Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit.
What is the difference with the “P2V Migration for Software Assurance”?
The “P2V Migration for Software Assurance” tool automates the delivery of an updated and personalized Windows 7 operating system while backing up and converting the legacy Windows XP or newer desktop and its applications for seamless use within Windows 7. The tool does not support server SKU’s.
The “Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit” automates converting Configuration Manager 2007 site system servers from physical to virtual machines by taking the system offline.

Where can I find more information regarding running Configuration Manager in a Hyper-V environment?
Please see the following technical case study posted on TechNet outlining how Microsoft IT utilizes Hyper-V in combination with System Center Configuration Manager:
“Virtualization Cuts Capital and Operating Expenses by 75 Percent at Microsoft”
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff684119.aspx

As I mentioned. over the coming days I, along with others on my team, will dive deeper into the individual pieces of the P2V Migration Toolkit so that you can start leveraging it for your P2V needs. 

Enjoy!

Thanks,

-Chris