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January 13, 2009  3:27 PM

P2V conversion success: Disable non-plug-and-play drivers



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V, Rick Vanover, VMware, VMware Converter

While performing a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion isn't a new trick, there are always additional enhancements that can be performed to ensure a clean transition to a VMware platform. Recently when performing a P2V conversion, one particular system was not behaving as expected after the...

December 10, 2008  4:52 PM

Failed P2V conversion? Check DNS



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V migrations, Rick Vanover, VMware Converter

In the course of performing many physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversions, I still come across situations where a small configuration can make or break the task. Recently, I performed a P2V conversion of a system that was successful in all measurable elements from the VMware Converter and ESX-based...


December 2, 2008  6:23 PM

VMware product name changes: vCenter, View



Posted by: Eric Siebert
Eric Siebert, VirtualCenter, VMFS, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware Desktop Infrastructure, VMware ESX

VMware has just announced that they are changing the names of their current products to the new product names that were announced at VMworld. The biggest changes are that VirtualCenter is now being referred to as vCenter Server and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is now being referred to as...


November 26, 2008  4:24 PM

Quick performance enhancement for VMware Converter P2V conversions



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V migrations, Rick Vanover, VMware Converter

During a recent VMware Converter-based physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion, I made an observation and subsequent change that enhanced the performance of the conversion. During the conversion, the locally installed antivirus application became extremely CPU-hungry while VMware Converter was...


November 17, 2008  5:19 PM

VMware Converter failures due to block size



Posted by: Rick Vanover
P2V migrations, Rick Vanover, Storage, VMware Converter

Recently during a P2V conversion, I had an issue where the conversion failed for reasons I could not explain. In looking at the logs of VMware Converter, there was no clear indication of the specific issue. Some of the relevant log entries are shown below: [#2] [2008-11-08 08:16:32.953...


November 17, 2008  4:49 PM

Secure method to P2V across security zones



Posted by: Texiwill
Edward L. Haletky, P2V migrations, VI3, Virtual machine security, VirtualCenter, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESX 3.5, VMware ESXi

A common VMware Communities question is how to P2V or convert a system from within a demilitarized zone (DMZ) to a virtual machine (VM) running within an ESX host that will be part of the DMZ virtual network. P2V works by imaging the physical host within the DMZ and transferring that image to...


May 8, 2008  8:41 PM

Why you should upgrade to VI3 Update 1



Posted by: Rick Vanover
Rick Vanover, VI3, VMware Converter, VMware ESX, VMware High Availability (VMware HA)

VMware Infrastructure 3 Update 1, made available on April 10 2008, introduces some core updates to ESX Server 3.5, VirtualCenter 2.5, and the VMware Infrastructure Management Installer. The biggest reason to upgrade, however, is the inclusion of


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