How to perform a P2V in a SCVMM 2012 R2 environment

~ Mike Briggs | Supportability Program Manager

Per the TechNet Documentation for Virtual Machine Manager in System Center 2012 R2, the previous P2V functionality has been removed. The diagram below outlines the mitigation process to perform P2V conversions in a System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager environment.

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1. Use a down-level version of VMM such as VMM 2012 SP1 to perform any remaining Physical-to-Virtual conversions. This will require that you install VMM 2012 SP1 or earlier if not already available in your environment.

2. Identify the server to be converted to a virtual machine.

3. Use the Convert Physical Server to P2V the intended target.

4. Using Hyper-V Manager, Export the new VM to a Host being managed by System Center 2012 R2 VMM (VMM 2012 R2)

5. Import the VM to that Host

NOTE: VM’s from Windows Server 2012 can be imported on Hosts running Windows Server 2012 and R2 only.

The Product group is aware of the P2V requirement and is working on alternate methods to provide this functionality.

Mike Briggs | Supportability Program Manager | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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