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January 11, 2009

Performing V2P migrations

Filed under: vmware — ermac318 @ 2:12 pm

So lots of people perform P2V migrations. In fact, there have been lots of third-party products (such as those from LeoStream and PlateSpin) and first-party products (VMware’s original P2V Assistant and now vCenter Converter), as well as community-supported free products (such as Mike L’s Ultimate P2V).

Back when I did my first server consolidation, we used Ultimate P2V since at the time VMware’s P2V assistant wasn’t free. (BTW VMware, making Converter free was a VERY smart move for ESX adoption!) One of the interesting things I had noticed in the original fix-vmscsi BartPE plugin was the ability to inject not only the VMware SCSI controller drivers into a Windows installation, but also for some standard HP and Dell servers. I actually used these to perform a P2P migration, but never a V2P, though there was no reason I couldn’t have.

Now VMware has (uncharacteristically) actually posted some information in a whitepaper on performing V2P migrations. I say that because VMware’s never talked much about doing V2P migrations; as far as I know this is the first time any official V2P information has been posted by them.

Their strategy revolves around using Sysprep along with the [MassStorageDevices] entry in the sysprep.inf to make the system bootable post-clone. I actually think using the Ultimate P2V system (using fix-vmscsi post-clone) is a more efficient method. I know now that vCenter Converter is free and has a lot of great features that Ultimate P2V has kind of gone out of style, but as you can see from this it still has some great uses!

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for the info! I have messed around with vConverter as well as Visioncores product, and was asked for this info, but it had been awhile since I tested them.

    Comment by Kelly O. — January 12, 2009 @ 4:50 am

  2. very helpful

    Comment by sanjay — November 3, 2009 @ 8:04 pm


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