If you have not done so already, check the pre conversion checklist to ensure some basic pre checks are met and anything else you may need to consider for the migration.

For the actual conversion to take place you need to have a variety of information about the source and destination server. From the checks made in the pre conversion checklist you should now have a good idea about what the virtual machine settings will be for CPU, RAM, Network and disk.

This is an example of P2V conversion information sheet I have made. A blank copy of the P2V conversion information sheet is available for filling out your own P2V details.

Afterwards P2V conversion ensure you remove old hidden devices from the VM.



Summary P2V Conversion Information
Date:                01-01-2008
Start Time:        18:00
Type:                Hot Clone (Manual)
OS:                  Windows Server 2003 Standard (Service Pack 1)
Role:                Domain Member (mydomain.local)
Disk Resize:     YES
Agent:              Remote

Details of what server is used for:
Web server running IIS for website intranet.mydomain.local



SOURCE SERVER (PHYSICAL) SPECIFICATION:
MAKE:                      Dell
MODEL:                    PowerEdge 2650
CPU:                         2 x 2.4ghz Intel Xeon
RAM:                        2048mb
NETWORK:               2 x Broadcom NetXtreme Nics (NIC1 192.168.2.123, NIC2 disabled)
SERIAL PORTS:        None
PARALLEL PORTS:   None
STORAGE:
Physical
Used By Drive(s)        Disks                Raid Type        Disk Speed        Total Size (Gb)
c, e                            2 x 73Gb           RAID1                15k                      73

Logical
Drive        Drive Name        Used (Gb)        Total (Gb)
c              OS                          5                   12
e              DATA                      2                   60
TOTAL                                    7                   72



DESTINATION SERVER (VM) SPECIFICATION:
CPU:                       1 x vCPU (Reserved and Limited at 2000mhz)
RAM:                      2048mb (Reserved and Limited at 2048mb)
NETWORK:             1 x VMware Network Adaptor (192.168.2.123 - VM Network)
SERIAL PORTS:      None
PARALLEL PORTS: None
STORAGE:
Drive        Drive Name        Used (Gb)        Total (Gb)        Datastore        RAID Type
c              OS                        5                     8                   SAN1_LUN2        RAID5
e              DATA                    2                     5                   SAN1_LUN2        RAID5
TOTAL                                  7                    13               


IMPORT SETTINGS:
Create a separate disk for each volume:                YES
Ignore page file and hibernation file:                      YES
Install VMware tools:                                           YES
Customize the identity of the virtual machine:        NO
Remove all system restore checkpoints:               YES
Power on virtual machine after creation:                NO


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