Review: Post P2V Migration Steps

I have successfully P2V’d probably over a thousand Windows systems over the past few years.  However, you do not have to do as many as I have to know and understand that the post migration steps are very critical to having your virtual machine perform well. It does not matter whether you are doing a hot migration or cold migration, these steps should never be overlooked.

Here is a checklist I use when doing P2V migrations to make sure I never miss a step. A quick tip before running your P2V migration…always stop/disable relevant services on the source machine before starting your P2V (i.e. Anti-Virus software, SQL, etc.).

Post Migration Cleanup
When your new virtual machine powers up for the first time you will want to go through this checklist thoroughly before declaring the system is back online and ready for testing. Remember, at the end of the day it’s the end user experience.
Command Prompt

NOTE: If you are performing a P2V of a Windows Server 2008 system you must open the Command Prompt with the Run As Administrator option.