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haymaker1982
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Unique P2V Conversion Situation (Need Suggestions Please!!!!)

Hi Everyone, first off thanks for taking the time to read this post!

Currently I have a set of medical clients who run a very unique 4d type of database for Medical Records. The solution is composed of 1 windows server (application) and a Mac server (hosts the images).

I have been tasked with converting these physical aging servers to a virtual platform; I am very familiar and versed in converting Microsoft servers into Virtual Servers, this is not the issue. My issue is how would I go about converting the existing Mac server into a Virtual Machine, and more importantly where or how could I go about hosting both VM's so the could see each other, preferably on the same Hypervisor.

Is this a possibility? Right now I have the option of buying a new server to host both converted VM's, but I have read that only VM Fusion can be used to run Mac based VM's and that Fusion must be run on Mac certified hardware. Does this mean I have to buy an entirely new Mac server just to host the converted Mac server?

The situation is unique, but I have found that VMWare is the ideal tool for "unique" situations.

Any suggestions or guidance is greatly appreciated! Hopefully one day VMWare / Mac will work together and allow for Mac servers to be hosted on ESXi

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weinstein5
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The biggest issue you will face is if you were to virtualize the MAC onto anything other than another MAC you would be violating the EULA for the MAC OS -

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imanage
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Mac Mini Server may do the job for you if the storage is big enough although iSCSI may be an option for it. It's new hardware and supported server based OS. Apple don't (yet) allow Mac OS to be virtualised (shame)

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Texiwill
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Hello,

If it is only image data, and if it is the product I know, you can actually use a Windows Share to allow the images to be shared appropriately instead of a MAC. If you do this migration then you can just have a windows file server out on the virtual environment.

I would avoid virtualizing the Mac it leads to a licensing issue.


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haymaker1982
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May I ask what product you are speaking about? If this is a possibility it could help me out tremendously

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Texiwill
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Hello,

NextGen


Best regards,
Edward L. Haletky VMware Communities User Moderator, VMware vExpert 2009, 2010

Now Available: 'VMware vSphere(TM) and Virtual Infrastructure Security'[/url]

Also available 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise'[/url]

Blogging: The Virtualization Practice[/url]|Blue Gears[/url]|TechTarget[/url]|Network World[/url]

Podcast: Virtualization Security Round Table Podcast[/url]|Twitter: Texiwll[/url]

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Edward L. Haletky
vExpert XIV: 2009-2023,
VMTN Community Moderator
vSphere Upgrade Saga: https://www.astroarch.com/blogs
GitHub Repo: https://github.com/Texiwill
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