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physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby acespod » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:41 pm

Hi all

I have a veeam backup and replication 9.0 setup backing up my wmware setup.

Can i use veeam to turn my physical server into a virtual machine and place it in my wmware setup?

i read somewhere that Disk2VHD can do the job for hyperV - is there an equilivant for wmware?

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Re: physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby MOBO » Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:58 pm

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Re: physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby DGrinev » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:30 am

Hi Kenn and welcome to the community!

Yes, you can do that with Veeam Agent for Windows.
You can perform volume level backup of the physical server and convert it to the disk of the VMDK format during the restore process.
Please review this article in the User Guide for the details. Thanks!
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Re: physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby JuA » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:59 am

I made this with the first version of Veeam Backup Endpoint (now Veeam Agent for Windows). Just restored my laptop into a VM, it workded fine.

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Julien

PS : If your vCenter is not v6.5, you can also use the VMware Migration Tool to migrate your existing physical vCenter into a VCSA.
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[MERGED] P2V (Physical to Virtual)

Veeam Logoby marius roma » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:26 am

Can I use Veeam Agent for Windows (either the free and the licensed versions) to convert physical machines to virtual?
I have some Windows Server 2008 R2 boxes and I would like to convert them to VMware VM, but the tools I used in the past don't work.
Is there any documentation about this specific issue?
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Re: P2V (Physical to Virtual)

Veeam Logoby DGrinev » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:36 am

Hi Mario,

Yes, you can do that by using VAW.
Please read this thread for details. Thanks!
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Re: physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby marius roma » Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:07 am

Many thanks for the quick answer.
To be honest, my problem is a little bit more complex.
The server I need to convert (P2V) is a Windows server 2008 R2 server acting as a Veeam 9.0 B&R server.
The reason because I need to convert it (instrad of migrating) is that I need to minimize the downtime and make the conversion as simple as possible.
The server currently performs backup using Symantec Technologies.
Can I install VAW and start a new backup without uninstalling the Symantec backup (simply stopping it)?
can I convert the VAW backup to a VMDK disk even if the backup is stored on a CIFS share (I have no Veeam B&R server version 9.5 to store my backup)?
What is the best strategy to convert my server to a VM?
By the way, VMware Converter failed performing the conversion.
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Re: physical server -> virtual server using Veeam

Veeam Logoby DGrinev » Tue Sep 05, 2017 12:34 pm

marius roma wrote:Can I install VAW and start a new backup without uninstalling the Symantec backup (simply stopping it)?

Yes, you can do that, but don't forget to stop all activities in the Symantec solution, just to be sure a conflict wouldn't appear.

marius roma wrote:can I convert the VAW backup to a VMDK disk even if the backup is stored on a CIFS share

Yes.

marius roma wrote:What is the best strategy to convert my server to a VM?

1. Perform volume level backup of the server.
2. Restore the backup and covert it to VMDK.
3. Spin up a VM and attach the virtual disk to it.

There is another simple way to move the backup server without a downtime called Configuration backup and restore.
You can simply create a VM, install VBR from scratch and restore configuration. Thanks!
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