I am converting a physical Windows 2012 R2 server to a VM, but the transfer rate is abnormally slow, sub 50KB.
The conversion is only converting 2 drives, the boot volume (~300MB) and the C partition which is ~180GB so nothing huge. I am also not doing any resizing so it is performing a block-level clone.
I went through the VMware best practices guide for optimizing the conversion rate so SSL encryption is turned off. I set the "Data connections per task" to maximum, completely removed all AV, and made sure there were no other disk intensive tasks running during time of conversion.
The network is full Gig, and "flat" between the physical server and the VMware hosts/vCenter (one single switch).
The storage I am writing to is a Dell Compellent 8000 SAN connected via 8GB fiber channel, and the particular datastore I am writing this to is all flash.
All of this in my opinion should constitute an optimized (or at least better than average) environment for the conversion.
When I kick off the conversion it estimates ~1 hour to complete. I can watch the transfer rate initially show ~100KB, but slowly dwindle over an hour down to ~30-40KB. After about an hour the boot partition cloning shows completed, and then the estimated time remaining jumps up to 60+ DAYS. All it has left is the C partition which again is only 180GB so I'm not sure why it would be this slow and take this long.
Other factors involved:
The physical server is running SQL 2012. I am not converting any of the 8 SQL DB/Log/Temp/Backup/etc. partitions, as they are mounted via iSCSI from a SAN. My VMware environment has direct access to this SAN so my plan is to mount these drives as RDMs once the conversion is complete.
The physical server has multiple physical NICs bonded into a "team" using Microsoft's adapter teaming.
This is also not a production/critical system so any suggestions/changes etc. can be done any time. I am open to whatever.
Thanks in advance.