Looking for a little advice on P2V'ing a set of physical clustered win2003 servers to a VMware host that we are shipping off site for DR. We are somewhat in a bind as the guy that set up these clusters (and the only one that knows clustering) kind of disappeared on us. I have to have this pair on the DR host (ESX 4) ready to ship in 2 weeks. One server in the Cluster has file shares and the other has SQL and more file shares. I do not care if they are still a cluster after P2V as they are just for data recoverability. Any tips on how to proceed? Can I just p2v each as a standalone and they will come up thinking the cluster is broken, but their own resources will still work fine?
converting clusters is complicated enough as is (see the above KB that was provided)
let alone converter or a p2v solution is not good enough (for me) to be a disaster recovery solution. Too many things would change (IP/SID/MAC), and which means a lot of configuration do be done should a disaster actually occur.
I've had people trying to use scheduled tasks in the vCenter Converter Plugin ... it's just not consistent enough to be a DR solution.
Converter works fine as a 1 off migration, but not as your backup tool. You should really look for something else to do that.
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