Automating Configuration Manager 2007 Remote Server Migrations to CM 2012 Version with Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit (CTP)

SystemCenter_Logo These are really exciting news, during MMS 2011 it was announced from the Configuration Manager Team, that there is a tool available in Community Technology Preview (CTP )Version which will facilitate the migration of Remote Site Servers that need to be retained during the Side-by-Side Migration process of Configuration Manager 2007 to Configuration Manager 2012.

Here is the official info, the link at the connect site to download it can be found at the end of the post:

Announcing the CTP release of Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit


The Configuration Manager team is pleased to announce the release of the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Configuration Manager Physical to Virtual Migration Toolkit!

The Configuration Manager P2V Migration Toolkit was designed to assist in situations where there are remote Configuration Manager 2007 site servers that need to be retained during the side-by-side migration process to Configuration Manager 2012.

The Configuration Manager P2V Migration Toolkit facilitates the re-utilization of existing x64 server hardware using virtualization technologies, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V

CTP release key features:

· Task sequence\standalone media driven. Utilizes Configuration Manager 2007’s task sequences to provide the ability to automate the majority of the end-to-end P2V process, including:

o Offline virtualization of physical disks.

o Preparing the VHDs to leverage virtual storage drivers and align to virtual disk layout.

o Compressing of the VHD’s to reduce size on disk.

o Installation of Windows 2008 R2 (including enabling the Hyper-V role).

o Automating the creation of a Hyper-V virtual machine.

o Attaching the captured VHDs as a Hyper-V virtual machine.

· User interface to create customized task sequences and standalone media. Wizard driven user interface assists in the creation of a customized Configuration Manager 2007 task sequence and standalone media specifically targeted to the P2V conversion of the remote site server. 

· Offline physical-to-virtual conversion. Offline P2V conversion is the most reliable way to ensure data consistency between the physical hard disks and the virtual copies. 

· Capture only option. Wizard driven solution to assist in the creation of bootable media, which in turn can be used to capture selected physical disk drives into Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs).

We welcome your feedback! To provide feedback directly to the team, click here!

Pretty exciting don’t you think?!

You may find it at the connect site here or at the Configuration Manager v.Next/2012 Home at the left menu (5th entry).

Happy Migrations and don’t forget to send your feedback and thanks to the team!

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