Thursday, December 23, 2010

P2V and the GPT Disk

For the better part of 2010 I have been working on performing P2V migrations. Taking a Physical server and turning it into a Virtual Machine for the unwashed masses. For the most part the process of turning a physical server into a VM is fairly painless.

However, I did most recently run across an issue with a server with a dreaded GPT (GUID Partition Table) boot disk and NONE of the P2V utilities that I would normally use would work. This GPT boot disk is a fairly recent phenomenon since it requires a EFI BIOS in order to understand what to do with it. To make matters worse the RAID group was 2095 or so GB in size (there was only 350GB used however).

As I stated previously, I did try everything I could think of in my arsenal. VMware Converter, Vizioncore vConverter, Novell PlateSpin.. NOTHING was working. I even thought of using Windows System Backup.

What was our superhero to do...

To the rescue came Vision Solutions - DoubleTake Move . It is a bit different in that it requires that there be a SOURCE and a TARGET rather than a copy of the SOURCE BECOMING the TARGET. So I loaded Windows 2008 onto the target and installed the software. I then installed the software onto the source server and created a mirror set... they connected and began to synchronize. After they are in sync you select "Failover" and the source server shuts down and the target is renamed to the source name. I have not done this part yet.. stay tuned for part 2 of our exciting adventure (This is where Max my dog would yawn).

Merry Christmas to all..

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