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A Challenging VMWare project.

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  • A Challenging VMWare project.

    Hello I have a single server 2008r2 DC with Exchange 2010 on it. with two 1TB mirrored drives, I need to make my single server a VM host and virtualize the DC/exchange server on it as a vm.

    What I have done so far is to get a backup of the C drive on the dc using Windows Server Backup (including system state (probably useless for exchange). I installed ESX host on the 2nd hard drive and am able to boot up to it.

    Problem is, I am using the same hardware and cant boot both machines at once, I was hoping to do a cold clone until I found out that VMware discontinued the VMConverter ISO. Any Ideas or recommendations on how I can accomplish this?

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    Do a P2V conversion of the server. Run that in VMware Workstation on your computer to test it. If everything is OK then install ESXi on the physical server and copy your VM from VMWare Workstation to the ESXi datastore and add the VM to the inventory.