holyman
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Data migration from a physical windows server to ESX 3.5

Hello,

I am planning to deploy VMware ESX 3.5 Update 4 and move data from HP XP array to EMC DMX-4.

The existing windows servers are running on physical machines but I want to convert them to virtual machines.

The current data are sitting on HP XP arrays and they need to be migrated to EMC DMX-4 arrays.

I am currently using Symantec storage foundation 5.0 as a volume manager.

It is fairly easy to convert them to VMs by using VM converter but I don't know how to move the data to EMC DMX-4 at the host level.

Can you please help me how to accomplish this data migration?

Thanks,

Brian

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weinstein5
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If your ESX host can access the new EMC SAN you can use converter to migrate the physical servers to ESX and place the VMs on the new SAN -

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holyman
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I know that the vm converter can convert the physical machine to a VM but how about the data sitting on the physical machine?

Since I don't want to use a Raw Device Mapping, I would like to know how the data residing on EMC SAN disks can be moved to virtual disks.

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