VMM 2012 R2 and P2V

Well actually, the post’s name should be more like – “VMM 2012 R2 and NO P2V”….

Microsoft have decided to remove the tool from the latest version of VMM. Why you ask? I couldn’t any official statement about it. It all remains very hush hush (Snowden like hush hush)

Anyways, if you look at the official Technet web site, you’ll notice the following:

Discontinued support, in System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, of the VMM feature that enabled conversion of existing physical computers into virtual machines through the physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion process.

It will also direct you to a blog post, written by J.C.Hornback and titled “How to perform a P2V in a SCVMM 2012 R2 environment“. Sounds promising no??

Actually, the post does offer a nice solution – build 2 (yes two) VMM systems, one 2012 R2 and one 2012 SP1. Use the 2012 SP1 version to perform a P2V and then move the VM to a 2012 R2 version.

P2V with VMM 2012 R2 and SP1

P2V with VMM 2012 R2 and SP1

 

There is however one other way of doing that. You can use a small tool called Disk2VHD:

It will create one VHD for each disk on which selected volumes reside

Very cool and simple tool to use. Simply put it on the computer you want to convert, choose the disks you wish to virtualize and press create. One thing to keep in mind – the new virtualized disk is going to be in VHD format, not VHDX.

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