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Windows 2008 Virtualization (Exam 70-649)

Physical to virtual migration

Which of the following tools can be used to perform a physical-to-virtual machine migration?

  1. Virtual Server
  2. Virtual Server Migration Toolkit
  3. Hyper-V
  4. Virtual PC

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B. The Virtual Server Migration Toolkit can be downloaded from Microsoft.com and used to perform P2V migrations.

The migration process is completed in three phases: physical machine capture, virtual machine creation, and deployment to virtual machine. This requires WDS (Windows Deployment Services), DHCP, and PXE support on the network.

Support for the following operating systems is included; NT4 w/SP6a, 2000 w/SP4, and 2003.

Tip: VSMT does not work with Virtual PC. However, you can use VSMT to migrate V2V machines.

Tech Reference: "HOWTO: Guideline for use Virtual Server Migration ToolKit (TechNet)"

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Andy Barkl, MCT/MCITP/MCSA, A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA has been studying technology for 30 years. Of the last 15 years, he has spent much of his time parting the knowledge and experience he has gained through IT exams, over 300, to help others be prepared and successful. He teaches classes in Phoenix, Ariz. where he has lived most of his life. He can be reached by e-mail at andy.barkl@gmail.com.

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