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I love P2V!

I love P2V!

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Not really an OpsMgr post….   but I have been working in my OpsMgr lab trying to get rid of older systems, running on older hardware, with a goal of getting to 100% Hyper-V virtualized.  Microsoft has several “Green” initiatives and this is one of them.  I have an old Exchange 2007 Mailbox server running on a (gasp) Pentium 4 CPU with 1GB of memory.  Excellent candidate to migrate to Hyper-V.

Now – I know SCVMM has some really cool capability for P2V conversion assistance, but I don’t have that set up at the moment and was looking for the quick and dirty.  Enter in Disk2VHD from Windows Sysinternals:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

I downloaded version 1.63, and this tiny little program was up and converting my physical Exchange 2007 server into a VHD in seconds.  The process created a 12GB VHD file, which is typical for this Windows 2003 Server/Application.  It took about 20 minutes to complete, and was able to write the VHD directly to a mapped drive.

I loaded the VHD into Hyper-V running on Windows 2008 R2.  Booted her up, installed the Hyper-V extensions, and was rocking!  It is amazing to me this is so simple…   The only speed-bump was the hardware had changed so dramatically that Windows was prompting me to reactivate within 3 days.  I cancelled this, until I had the Hyper-V extensions installed and the network card configured.  Then activated and checked everything out. 

Exchange was up and running, as was the OpsMgr 2007 agent.  Checked in the console, and everything is healthy.  In this case – the OS is running MUCH better as a VM than it did on physical hardware… due to the disk and CPU being so much faster on the Hyper-V host.

Two thumbs up!

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  • Just one thing to potentially verify. We did a P2V using (gasp) VMWare on a 2003 server that was monitored by SCOM R2. All 'looked' OK with the OpsMgr client, but for some reason the system stopped reporting in performance data immediately after the P2V. Had to kill the SCOM server side cache (I believe) to fix it. Could have been a one off event or something specific with the VMWare P2V process or the client box itself. Just something to verify.

    Love the blogs, find them very very helpful, thanks Kevin.

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