TonyJK
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P2V for Lotus Notes Server ?

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Hi,

There is a request to perform a P2V for a Windows 2003 Server running as Lotus Notes Server.

Just would like to seek your advice what is the steps I have to take in order to prevent a major problem to my company.

I believe that end users can still use Lotus Notes when Hot Migration is conducted.  Is it correct ?

Thanks

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patanassov
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Hello

Perform a synchronizable P2V and instruct Converter to stop the Notes service(s). It will do so right before the sync. If you can allow - schedule the sync in off hours. Users can use the source machine during the conversion.

You can also schedule the synchronization as non final, test the VM, then do a final sync. The service will be stopped only before the final sync.

And of course - do not decomission the source machine until you have verified everything is OK with the new VM.

HTH,

Plamen

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patanassov
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Hello

Perform a synchronizable P2V and instruct Converter to stop the Notes service(s). It will do so right before the sync. If you can allow - schedule the sync in off hours. Users can use the source machine during the conversion.

You can also schedule the synchronization as non final, test the VM, then do a final sync. The service will be stopped only before the final sync.

And of course - do not decomission the source machine until you have verified everything is OK with the new VM.

HTH,

Plamen

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Nithy07cs055
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Download the sysprep tool for 2003


Stop and Disable  all major services / apps temporary, Anti virus , SQl,

In case if it throws an error ,  install the agent on the server manually from the set up

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\vmware-converter-agent.exe

Capture all your Network Configuration details , IP , MAC ,


start the convertor maunally or Remote

seetings as follows

CPU as it is on Physical server

the Disk controller as supported in 2003

No vmware tools , install in after powering on the server

Dont not power on

after the conversion is completed

Install Vmware tools

Networking configured

Re-enable the services

Clean up and sanity checks

if we end up with the IDE error ,

simply create a new disk and point to the existing one ,, this will adjust the SCSI devices compatibility error



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TonyJK
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Can I perform P2V multiple times - i.e. P2V the Notes Server and ask Mail Administrator for testing.  If he is OK with P2V, then I perform the second P2V ?

Where can I schedule the synchronization ?

Thanks

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patanassov
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You can perform as many sync tasks as you wish, only that you has to schedule them each time. See the user guide for details.

Note that a sync task is much shorter that a full P2V - it transfers only the changes from the source.

There are a few limitations you should be aware of - have at least one NTFS volume, do not shrink volumes, and do not change cluster size. Hope this is acceptable.

Regards

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TonyJK
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I have run P2V a number of times before but not aware of the sync function (Those Servers are not as critical as Lotus Notes Server).

Can I grab a physical server and test P2V Sync ?  Just would like to see will the P2V agent on that server doing any harm ?

Cheers

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patanassov
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Sure. Synchronization has been along since Converter 4.0 (though scheduling it was since 5.0)