How to convert a physical server to a Citrix Xen virtual server (P2V)
Some people swear by VMware because of longer experience with virtualization BitTorrent Sync: Secure File Sync Between Computers Using P2P Technology [Public Alpha] » href= »http://www.adminreseau.fr/bittorrent-sync-secure-file-sync-between-computers-using-p2p-technology-public-alpha/ »>technology while others say that Citrix has a better product. I’m not really sure, but in this post I’m going to talk about one feature that the VMware product does very well: converting a physical server into virtual server.
It’s pretty much the easiest thing in the world to virtualize a physical server using VMware, but a bit more involved using Citrix Xen. Actually, it’s not a difficult process, it’s just not as easy to find for some strange reason, than the tool for VMware.
Move Windows server to XenServer Host
Convert a single VHD or an entire virtual machine to a XVA or XenServer (VHD to XVA)
So where do you find the XenConvert tool? Well, it’s not exactly in the most conspicuous place known to man. In order to download it, you have to log into MyCitrix and then click on Downloads and finally click on XenServer 5.
When you click on XenServer 5, you will see a link in the Helpful Resources section to XenConvert for 32-bit and 64-bit. Kind of a pain and not really sure why they don’t have it on the main site since it’s a free download!
When you see the Welcome to XenServer screen, select OK and the installer will do some hardware detection, etc. After that, you will get four choices, one of them being
Convert an existing OS on this machine to a VM (P2V)
If you are having issues converting either a Windows or Linux server to XenServer, post a comment and I’ll try to help out! Enjoy!
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