VMWare Converter

I haven’t blogged in about a month due to being sick, and then tackling the Exchange 2007 upgrade/migration; detailed step-by-step blog on that coming soon!

What I played with tonight was VMWare Converter.  I have a Dell PowerEdge 1600SC that has dual hyper-thread Xeon’s with 4 GB RAM.  I currently am running VMware Server on this machine.  I am running two Servers, our Intranet Server and a Certificate Authority Server.  My next project, once we have completed with the Exchange 2007 upgrade, is to implement Blackberry Professional Express… http://na.blackberry.com/eng/services/server/offers/professional_express.jsp.  This is a beginner “Blackberry Enterprise Server”.  It’s a free download with one license to use one blackberry phone, and pay as you grow from there, pay per license to add a phone.  It’s something like $100.00 to add an additional license, I haven’t inquired as to whether or not they have nonprofit pricing yet.  The nice thing about it, from what I understand, is that it’s virtually BES, but capping out at 30 devices max.  Once you hit 30 devices, then you have to upgrade to BES.  Well, we have a mixed Windows Mobile and Blackberry environment, and we have approximately 15 Blackberry users (including myself).  So it makes since for us to save in cost, and go with the Blackberry Professional Software for now.

So I thought about putting the BPS on a virtual machine.  However, when I read the system requirements, it supports the ESX version of VMWare, but I didn’t see that it supports the free vmware server version.  Although I haven’t look much more into it, I decided to take a physical server that’s being used as a front end web server for an internal software we have, and convert that server to vmware, and then use the physical server (Dell PowerEdge 1600SC, dual Xeon 2GB RAM) for the new BPS server.

After a quick google search, I found that VMWare has a free download called VMWare Converter that will take a Physical Server and convert it to a virtual server.  Exactly what I needed to take the EMSWEB server (the front end internal web server) to a virtual server.  So I downloaded it, installed it, and converted EMSWEB to a virtual server.  TOO COOL!

Unfortunately, I’m doing this from home, RDP’ed into my network, and I really don’t want to turn off my EMSWEB physical server to test the virtual to see if it’s working okay.  Because if it’s not, then I have to make a trip to the office, and I don’t plan on being back to the office until Monday (it’s 12:40am, Sunday morning).  So I’ll just wait until Monday to see how it worked.  If all goes well, I’ll just take the physical EMSWEB off the network, bring it  back to a work-group, rename it, uninstall the EMSWEB apps, and bring it back on the domain as the new BPS Server.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

As I said in the beginning of this post, I have detailed step-by-step account of our upgrade from Exchange 2000 to Exchange 2007 that I will be working on completing this week and hopefully will have it posted on-line towards the end of the week.  Have a blessed week everyone!

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One Response

  1. Did your virtualized EMSWEB server work? I have the opportunity to pick up a used Dell PowerEdge 1600SC Server with no OS. I’d like to play around with VMware distros, Windows Server 2003, MS SQL Server, and some other virtualized servers, applicationsand appliances. Is it worth my while to puchase a used 1600SC for under $300, add 3GB of RAM to max it out, and then build a virtualization platform on the bare iron? Now that a free version of ESX is out, is it possible to use that as the “OS”? Or would you recommend a different course of action?

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