P2V Migration for Microsoft Exchange Servers

If you are not virtualizing your servers then you are leaving money on the table.  I am often asked if every server in an organization is a virtualization candidate, and obviously the answer is NO.  However there are a lot of servers that can be virtualized, but are not because we do not believe them to be virtualization candidates.  This week one example that came up is Microsoft Exchange Server.  Should Exchange always be virtualized? Probably not.  Are there cases when you can virtualize Exchange?  Absolutely.  Should you do it willy-nilly, without good documented guidelines?  No. 

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenNetanel Ben-Shushan is a Microsoft MVP in the same competency as I am – Windows Expert-IT Pro.  He is from Israel and like me proves that just because the MVP Program recognizes you in one competency does not mean that you might not be a real expert in several others.  His white paper – Converting Physical Exchange Server into virtual environment (P2V) – Best Practices & Tips from the field is a must-read reference guide for anyone planning to perform such migrations.

Although the document mostly covers Exchange Server 2007 and 2003, the guidelines will apply to Exchange Server 2010 as well.  The document covers virtual environments running on both VMware vSphere 4.1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role.

I want to thank Netanel for allowing me to publish it on my blog – now download the file and get migrating!

For more information from Netanel, please check out his blog and website:

Netanel Ben-Shushan’s Website

Netanel Ben-Shushan’s Weblog


4 responses to “P2V Migration for Microsoft Exchange Servers”

  1. […] 2010 hosted email packages launchedDownload: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Install Guide TemplatesP2V Migration for Microsoft Exchange Servers var wpdstat_id='25320-8302'; document.write(unescape("%3Cscript […]

  2. […] Fact #3: VMware is proven to support business critical apps.  This is absolutely true, and if you read the points in the link you will notice that at the very beginning they sate that over 80% of virtual machines run on VMware… then talk about the rate of virtualization of application servers such as SQL, Exchange, and SharePoint.  It does not say a word to the effect that these can all be virtualized just as well on Hyper-V as on ESX (See my article and Netanel Ben-Shushan’s whitepaper on P2V Migration for Microsoft Exchange Servers). […]

  3. […] expert in several technologies, including Exchange Server.  In 2011 he wrote an excellent paper on P2V Migration for Microsoft Exchange Servers that I published on this blog.  He has written a very interesting white paper about this recent […]

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