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SCVMM P2V-How to convert Physical Servers to Virtual Machines using SCVMM 2012

July 13, 2013 5 comments

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) simplifies P2V conversion by providing a task-based wizard. P2V process in SCVMM is completely automated after initiate the task.

In this article describes step by step process of online conversion of physical servers to virtual machines

Perquisites -Physical Server (source server )

Must have at least 512 MB of RAM

Cannot have any volumes larger than 2040 GB.

Must have an Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) BIOS – Vista WinPE will not install on a non-ACPI BIOS.

Must be accessible by VMM and by the host computer.

Please refer below link for supported server operating systems https://seneej.com/2013/07/13/scvmm-2012-supported-operating-systems-for-p2v-conversion-2/

Online conversion Step by Step using SCVMM

Open the SCVMM workspace.

On the Home tab, in the Create group, click the Create Virtual Machine drop-down arrow, and then click Convert Physical Machine.

The Convert Physical Server (P2V) Wizard opens

On the Select Source page, do the following:

In the Computer name or IP address box, specify a physical computer to convert. (Source computer )

In the Administrative account section, enter credentials for an administrator to connect to the physical computer, and then click Next.

On the Specify Virtual Machine Identity page, enter a virtual machine name and optional description, and then click Next.

On the System Information page, click Scan System to gather information about the physical computer. SVMM temporarily installs a VMM agent on the computer to gather system information

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When the scan is complete, click Next to continue

On the Volume Configuration page, do the following:

By default, VMM creates a virtual hard disk for each volume. Accept or modify the VHD Size (MB), VHD Type, or Channel settings.

Click the chevron icon next to Conversion Options.

In the Conversion Options area, click online conversion .If desired, select the Turn off source computer after conversion check box.

Click Next to continue.

On the Virtual Machine Configuration page, configure the number of virtual processors and the amount of memory for the new virtual machine, and then click Next.

On the Select Host page, review the virtual machine host placement ratings, click the desired host, and then click Next.

On the Select Path page, specify a storage location on the host for the virtual machine files, and then click Next.

On the Select Networks page, configure which logical network, virtual network and VLAN (if applicable) to assign to each virtual network adapter, and then click Next.

On the Add Properties page, configure the action to take when the virtual machine host stops or starts, and then click Next.

On the Conversion Information page, verify that no issues are detected, and then click Next.

If there are issues, click each issue to view the associated error and suggested resolution information. Resolve any issues before you continue.

On the Summary page, review the settings. And then click Create to continue with the conversion.

Note: click View Script to create a PowerShell script if you desire to execute same job through power shell.

How do you select server candidate for offline or online methods ?  Offline conversion is best If server with changing data such as database server …etc. Also you need to remove server hardware integrated software’s such HP Array configuration utility HP management , Dell….. after sucessfull P2V conversion.

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