John Howard, Microsoft UK’s IT Evangelist, realized some much appreciated clips of Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) usage and posted them on his blog:
Leaving the name issue to one side, I’ve recorded a series of eight clips which walk through the process of migrating an NT4 server into Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 using the VSMT (Virtual Server Migration Toolkit). Each of these clips is only a few minutes long, with the longest one only 10 minutes. Please feel free to delve in as you want. These clips essentially run through the steps described in a fabulous white paper available on microsoft.com.
You will be able to see demo live in Birmingham on January 13th where you can ask me questions in-person.
The first blogcast is an introduction to the environment I’m using to perform the migration and can be viewed by clicking here.
The second blogcast is using the gatherhw tool to generate an XML manifest cataloguing the hardware in my NT4 Server. This can be viewed by clicking here.
The third blogcast walks through validating the XML file describing the hardware which the server being migrated is running. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The fourth blogcast walks through generating the P2V (physical to virtual) files used for the remainder of the migration. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The fifth blogcast walks through updating the script files to ensure the generated P2V migration files work correctly in the environment validating the XML file describing the hardware on the server being migrated and adds an device to ADS for the target Virtual Server machine. It can be viewed by clicking here.
The sixth blogcast walks through capturing a disk image of the NT4 server into ADS. It can be viewed by clicking here.
Thanks to Steven Bink for this news.