Physical to Virtual Migration – Part 3
This is the last part of the article on the Migration of physical machines to the VMware virtual environment.
In the first part of the series, we looked at the basics that need to be understood before migrating your workloads from physical to virtual. In the second part, we looked at VMware’s free migration tool – VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, and how to perform P2V migration using it.
In this last & third part of the series, we’ll look at a powerful solution – Vembu BDR Suite that offers data protection as well as ensures seamless cross-platform migration.
Vembu BDR Suite Overview:
Vembu BDR Suite is a comprehensive backup & DR solution designed to protect the data across physical, virtual and cloud workloads.
Vembu BDR Suite offers:
- Agentless Backup & Replication for VMware VMs
- Host-level backups for Hyper-V VMs on the cluster, SMB & CSV
- Disk-Image Backup for Physical Windows Servers & Workstations
- FIle & Application Backup for Windows, Linux & Mac
- Disaster Recovery – Backup to offsite, cloud & tape
Vembu BDR Suite is available in different editions (Free/Standard/Enterprise) to make it ideal for businesses of all sizes and types.
Vembu BDR Suite Free Edition, exclusively for businesses that couldn’t spend on data protection expenses due to budgetary constraints. This edition contains all the basic features that are necessary for complete data protection and is free forever.
Vembu also offers an exclusive package – Vembu BDR Essentials, specifically for small & medium businesses who wish to protect their data with enterprise-level features but don’t want to spend extravagantly. This package is suitable for businesses with VMware & Hyper-V environments having upto 10 Sockets or 100 VMs.
Along with Backup & Disaster Recovery features, Vembu BDR Suite also supports the migration of your workloads across different hypervisors and platforms. The best thing is, cross-platform (P2V, V2P) and cross-hypervisor (V2V) migration feature is available in all the editions of Vembu BDR Suite.
Now, let’s look at the step by step process of how to perform P2V migration (Physical to VMware environment) using Vembu BDR Suite.
P2V migration with Vembu BDR Suite
Using Vembu BDR Suite, you can download the image of your backed up physical machines in different virtual formats – VHD, VHDX, VMDK, Flat-VMDK and RAW. These file formats are used to convert a physical as a virtual machine.
I’ve tested this by converting one of my physical 2012 SQL servers to VMware Platform and it worked perfectly.
Let’s look at this process in a detailed manner:
Step 2: Perform the image-backup of your physical machine
- Add your physical host providing administrative credentials
- Choose disk/volumes
- Enable App-Aware process, if you have any VSS aware applications – Exchange, SQL.
- Set the scheduling & retention Policies
Check out this video tutorial for a detailed backup configuration.
Step 3: Once the backup is complete, navigate to the Recovery tab, Here you can view the available backups.
Click on the restore icon alongside the physical machine backup that you would like to convert as a VM.
Note: Here we are migrating to VMware vSphere platform, so choose the Flat-VMDK format
Note: If your ESXi host is part of vCenter you can perform this from vCenter Server also.