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porting physical windows server to openstack [closed]

asked 2014-09-02 05:38:55 -0600

amz168 gravatar image

updated 2014-09-02 06:51:56 -0600

we are in the phase of moving our windows servers to openstack. and the most simple method is to take backup of the physical servers data and re-install every thing from scratch. But this method will take very long time. is there any alternative? for example, taking raw image of the physical server. can you provide full guide of the migration process.

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close date 2014-09-02 15:54:18.080851


(never tried):

  1. prepare your windows
  2. boot from some media with (linux?) distribution
  3. clone hard drive via network you should get raw image..
T u l gravatar imageT u l ( 2014-09-02 10:41:32 -0600 )edit

Also some other tools are available: , , vmware things, google for "virtualize physical machine"

T u l gravatar imageT u l ( 2014-09-02 10:43:51 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-09-02 14:38:36 -0600

mpetason gravatar image

You can start with this:

Or you could use VMware converter tool to make a VMDK then convert the VMDK to raw.

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answered 2014-09-02 14:47:12 -0600

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updated 2014-09-02 14:48:34 -0600

I used vmware converter tool (trial version), so convert your physical server to virtual using converter p2vvmware converter then do conversion to qcow2 and import, launch in openstack with kvm.

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I convert the physical server to VMware using VMware converter, but do I need to install the VirtIO driver before converting to qcow2? and how to do so?

amz168 gravatar imageamz168 ( 2014-09-04 00:41:37 -0600 )edit

answered 2014-09-02 06:28:44 -0600

alexpilotti gravatar image

You'll need to create a Glance image from your physical machine, which in turn means including the drivers for your virtualized environment and cloudbase-init for guest initialization on boot.

What hypervisor are you going to use on your compute-nodes?

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we are using KVM. I think you misunderstand my question. we are looking to convert existing physical servers with their data and application to opens stack qcow2 or raw image .

amz168 gravatar imageamz168 ( 2014-09-02 06:45:16 -0600 )edit

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