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  • What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

    Of course, VMware has their new free beta download of their P2V converter but what is the best solution for P2V conversion if you are using MS Virtual Server? Or, should you just go about it the "manual" way with backup/restore or using imaging? I looked at the MS VSMT but it requires ADS and Win Server Enterprise. That is no small undertaking.

    I am curious if anyone has an opinion.

    Thanks,
    David
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    Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

    VSMT worked just fine for about 150 servers at one of our clients
    Guy Teverovsky
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      Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

      Hi Guy,
      Thanks for your response.
      I read about the VSMT and was a bit overwhelmed with the requirements of Windows ADS & Windows Enterprise Edition. I suppose if you already had ADS then it isn't a big deal but never having loaded ADS (automated deployment services), I was afraid of all that it would entail.
      So my question is - if someone just needed to migrate, say, 25 physical machines to virtual machines, would you still recommend VSMT, even with all the ADS & Enterprise server requirements, or would you recommend another P2V converter product, just dedicated to the task?
      Thanks for your help,
      David
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        Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

        David,

        Check out Mark Wilson's post about this:

        http://www.markwilson.co.uk/blog/200...to-virtual.htm

        Michael
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        • #5
          Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

          Hi Michael,

          Thanks for that tip. In that blog, he mentioned this very useful article:

          6 ways to convert from Physical to Virtual

          Very useful, Thanks!

          David
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          • #6
            Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

            i have had very good results with platespins powerconvert. they are a fully certified m$ partner, so i would assume it works well with a m$ virtual, although i have not tried.

            overall, plate spin is a great product to have lying around when you have a semi-virtual environment. it does i2v, p2v, i2i, v2p... any way you can think of.
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            • #7
              Re: What is the best P2V converter for Virtual Server?

              Thanks James!
              David Davis - Petri Forums Moderator & Video Training Author
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