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BEst option V2P? [Nov. 23rd, 2011|03:45 pm]
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[taleya]
Anyone worked on reverse vmware migration before? long story short, we're looking to shift three servers off a vmware enclosure to standalone physical machines. Been reading up on some whitepapers, but they seem to describ e what's essentially building a SISprep image and that worries me, as traditionally sisprep reseals the machine you're imaging...and in this case one of them is the farkin' DC.

Anyone worked with this before? any suggestions? best practises? Bueller?

EDIT: We ended up using WBS to take a snapshot, then replicated that back out to the existing hardware. Surprisngly painless, stable servers resulted.
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[User Picture]From: tullamoredew
2011-11-23 10:48 am (UTC)
windoze, eh? I'd just do a full system backup, install a clean os on the physical machine, load it up with the right drivers and restore the backup on top

as for the DC, who's to stop you from bringing up a secondary controller, syncing it to the first one, and switching the FSMO roles to it?
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[User Picture]From: taleya
2011-11-23 11:01 am (UTC)
The fact that, terrifyingly, there is no secondary DC >.<

(I know, I know, I keep saying "FUCKIN' SET UP ONE BEFORE YOU FUCK THE PRIMARY" but sane voice of reason.)
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[User Picture]From: tullamoredew
2011-11-23 11:03 am (UTC)
the question is why don't you just set one up? it's a matter of installing windows and running dcpromo - 1 hour of work
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[User Picture]From: taleya
2011-11-23 11:05 am (UTC)
long complicated story. Managed services, unapproved.
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[User Picture]From: tullamoredew
2011-11-23 11:23 am (UTC)
my condolences then :)
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[User Picture]From: ghostdandp
2011-11-24 05:29 pm (UTC)
Best option? Sadly.. Don't. They will never be stable.
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From: freaktech
2011-12-06 12:49 pm (UTC)
We have had to do this a couple of times. We use ShadowProtect to take and actual back up of the VM and then do a bare metal restore to the new physical box. Works like a charm
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[User Picture]From: taleya
2011-12-06 08:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah we ended up using WSB to do it... very painless.
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