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HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

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HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1.

MVMC 3.1 Pre-requisites
 

  • MVMC 3.1 can only be installed on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and .NET Framework 4 installed.
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Servers (BITS) installed.
  • Feature Bits Compact server installed.

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(if the last two features are not installed your conversion will fail, with a root namespace issue!).
 

The software download links can be found in my previous Experts Exchange article HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE to Hyper-V - Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1.

Install Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 on the server taking note of the Pre-requisites above. In this tutorial, we've installed Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 on the Microsoft Hyper-V server that will be hosting the converted physical server.

In this tutorial we will convert a small physical file server called FS01, which has 4GB RAM, 2 Processors, 40GB hard disk, and the operating system is Windows Server 2012 R2 Daatcenter. 

Start Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1 from the Start Menu.

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Select Yes, to the "Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?"

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At the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter "Before You Begin Welcome Page" select Next to continue.

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In this tutorial we will be completing a Physical machine conversion. So select Physical machine conversion and click Next to continue. If you want to complete a virtual machine conversion, select Virtual machine conversion.

 2014-12-09-15-00-14-Greenshot.jpgSelect the Source physical machine for conversion, by entering​
 

  • IP Address or computer name or fully qualified domain name. (fqdn)
  • Username
  • Password

Click next to continue.

TOP TIP No.1  I would recommend using a fully qualified domain name and Local Administrator username and password for the physical machine. It's always advised to have good working DNS for your network infrastructure. 

TOP TIP No.2  I would recommend disabling the firewall on Source Physical machine!  

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Click Scan System at the System Information page, and click Next to continue.

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Confirm the System Information is correct, and select Next to continue.

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At the Volume Configuration page, select your VHD Type preference, between Dynamic (the default) or Fixed. 

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Select Next to continue.

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Specify the Virtual machine name as you would like it to appear in the Hyper-V inventory and enter the number of processors and total memory for the virtual machine. Click Next to continue.

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Select a Hyper-V host as the destination for the virtual machine. Enter the
 

  • IP Address or computer name or fully qualified domain name (FQDN)
  • Username
  • Password

Click Next to continue.

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Specify a network share on the Hyper-V server. We have created a share on the virtual machine root folder (VMs). Click Next to continue.

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Select a location on this machine with enough free space for the converted virtual machine. (This is a temporary location used in the conversion process). Click Next to continue.

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Select a virtual switch to connect to the virtual machine. Click Next to continue.

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Check the Final Summary, and click Finish to submit the conversion job.

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Be patient; grab a coffee whilst the job starts...

2014-12-09-15-40-49-Greenshot.jpgThe conversion job is in progress
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The disk conversion has finished, and the disks will be fixed-up.

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The conversion was successful. The conversion from physical to virtual has taken approx 30 minutes. Click Close.

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If you click Hyper-V Manager from the Start Menu, you can check and start-up the VM.

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The physical machine which has been converted will be displayed in the Hyper-V inventory. Right Click the Virtual Machine fs01, and select Connect.

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Press the Power On button highlighted to Power On the virtual machine fs01.

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Screenshot of converted physical server fs01, running as a virtual machine hosted on Hyper-V.

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In the above tutorial we have converted a physical server to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1, the same process can be used to convert a virtual machine, by selefting the virtual machine selection at the beginning or the conversion job.

 
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