As some of you have seen on my Twitter feed, I am playing with some home virtualization ideas. By Home Virtualization I am referring to running ESXi Hyper-visor at home for my “servers” as well as trying to see if I can virtualize the families computers. This is an interesting concept that comes with some unique challenges, and a few of them I am still trying to figure out!
The server part has been the easy one, just did a Physical to Virtual (P2V) conversion via the free tool VMware vCenter Converter at VMWare – link. The tool will allow you to take a currently running server and convert it to a Virtual machine on your ESXi server. I moved my families Domain Controller / DNS server over, powered it on in the VMware console application, then powered off the physical box. Once the IP address was moved to the new server, everything just worked.
Curious note on the P2V tool. I have also used this when I purchased a new computer or fix a friends computer. I will P2V the computer first, this way no matter what happens I can still spin up the old computer under VMPlayer – link. When I get a new computer I just copy the Virtual Machine to my new computer so that I can access all the old software and such whenever I need to. If I need to see how something was configured, just launch the VM and take a look. It is an snapshot in time of the old computer.