How To Convert Physical to Virtual Machine (P2V) Migration – Step By Step – MUCH Easier Than You Might think!

I found a great article I wanted to share.  If you use the Disk2VHD, be careful of SCSI and Raid controllers.  Test booting and running the VM before you blow away the original disk; you have been warned :} …

In previous posts, I have shown you how to export and import machines from one Hyper-V host to another (see post titled “Importing & Exporting Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2012 R2“). I have also talked about building new virtual machines from scratch. There are many scenarios where it makes a lot of sense to virtualize an existing system as is. In essence, you would convert a physical server to a VM (virtual machine). We call this a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) migration. 

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In this post I discuss:

  • What is a P2V Migration?
  • Why would I ever want to do this?
  • Different Methods for P2V Migration using Tools from Microsoft.
  • Step-by-Step procedure for performing a P2V migration using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (part of the Microsoft System Center suite).

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Bob, Thanks for all you do to teach our technology community.  Great Stuff, keep it up!!!


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