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Ian_Malish
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Exchange 2003 p2v

What do you think of this scenario?

P2V a Exchange 2003 w2k3 system partition to VI3. Then through the VM I am thinking of using RDM to get at the existing / previous Information Store partition.

In testing it seems to work fine. The reason I am thinking of the RDM is allowing for a cleaner backout if necessary. All the mail messages would already be there in the store. It is a Exchange 2003 deployment with approximately 700 mailboxes. We will be using a brand new and clean ESX build just for this.

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esiebert7625
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If you are going to P2V a Exhange server I would suggest doing a cold-clone from the Converter boot CD. Here are some Exchange guides that might help you...

Deploying Microsoft Exchange in VMware Infrastructure - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/exchange_best_practices.pdf

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Performance on VMware ESX Server 3 - http://www.vmware.com/pdf/Virtualizing_Exchange2003.pdf

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