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How to Convert Physical Server to Virtual Machine P2V

Convert Physical Server to Virtual Machine P2V

VMware vCenter Converter is used for converting the physical servers into virtual machine which is also called P2V. In this post we will see on how to convert physical server to virtual machine P2V step by step.

Using VMware vCenter Converter makes your task easy of migration from Physical servers to virtual machines from one single tool without much impact. Conversion process requires the good network connectivity & supported operating systems so that you don’t face hurdles & conversion can be completed in the time.

If you haven’t installed VMware vCenter Converter than you can check our post on How to Install VMware vCenter Converter Step by Step ?

Before starting conversion make sure that you have all the credentials of your physical server & vCenter server is ready.

So let’s see how to convert Physical Server to Virtual Machine P2V:

Step 1:
Open VMware vCenter Converter.
Click on Convert Machine option at the left side top.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 2:
Here you have to provide the source machine details.
Provide the source machine details with username & password to access the machine.
Click on View Source details.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 3:
VMware vCenter Converter will install agent in the physical server to perform the conversion process.
Here you can choose either you want tool to perform uninstallation or you can manually perform the uninstallation.
Click Yes to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 4:
You can see that Agent deployment is started.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 5:
You will see the source physical machine details.
You can verify the details & click Close to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 6:
You can deploy Virtual Machine of vCenter Server Infrastructure or you can also deploy on VMware workstation.
Provide the vCenter Server Details & credentials.
Click Next to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 7:
You can Ignore the certificate warning.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 8:
You will see your vCenter Server inventory.
So you can choose where you want your virtual machine to be present.
Click Next to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 9:
Select the Host & datastore on which you want to put your converted virtual machine.
Click Next to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 10:
You will see the configuration for your virtual machine on how it will be after conversion.
If you want to make any changes you can click on Edit to perform changes.
Click Next to continue.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Step 11:
Review the conversion parameters & click Finish to start your physical server to virtual machine P2V Conversion.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Once you click Finish you will see the details about the conversion in the Home page where you will get all the tasks details which are being performed.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Conversion will take time based on your network connectivity. Once Physical server to virtual machine P2V completed you will see status as completed & the time it took to convert.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

Now your Physical server to virtual machine P2V is completed, you can login to vCenter Server & check the status of the virtual machine.

convert physical server to virtual machine P2V
convert physical server to virtual machine P2V

You can also power on the virtual machine & verify that everything is running fine.

That’s it, Using this way you can easily convert your Physical Server to Virtual Machine P2V using VMware vCenter Converter step by step. There are some requirements which OS is supported & it’s editions so before planning for conversion check for VMware vCenter Converter documentation.

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Mayur Parmar

Hi I am Mayur Parmar. Independent Author & Founder of Mastering VMware. I am working in IT industry for more than 4 Years with knowledge of VMware , Microsoft Server's, Linux Server's.

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