Physical-to-Virtual

Physical-to-Virtual

Physical-to-Virtual ("P2V") describes the process of decoupling and migrating a physical server's OS, applications, and data from a physical server to a virtual machine guest hosted on a virtualization platform.

Methods of P2V migration

Manual P2V

  • User manually creates a virtual machine in a virtual host environment and copies all the files from OS, applications and data from the source machine.

Semi-automated P2V

  • Performing a P2V migration using a tool that assists the user in moving the servers from physical state to virtual machine, such as Microsoft's Virtual Server Migration Toolkit
  • VMware provides a semi-automated tool called VMware Converter for moving physical servers into virtual environments. Converter replaces two older utilities: Importer (bundled with VMware Workstation) and P2V Assistant.

Fully automated P2V

  • Performing a P2V migration using a tool that migrates the server over the network without any assistance from the user.
  • Leostream is an example of a fully automated migration tool for P2V.
  • PlateSpin PowerConvert is an example of a fully automated migration tool for P2V.
  • Virtuozzo contains automatic P2V (and V2P) migration tools.
  • Vizioncore vConverter is an example of a fully automated migration tool for P2V.

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