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Mastering VMware vSphere™ 4 by Scott Lowe

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Chapter 8. Migrating and Importing Virtual Machines

Converting existing systems into virtual machines is the essence of building a virtual infrastructure. Consolidating physical systems provides significant intrinsic savings in the areas of physical space, power consumption, and hardware costs. In this chapter, I'll cover the native tools available for performing a server consolidation by migrating physical computers into virtual machines.

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Use vCenter Server Guided Consolidation

  • Perform physical-to-virtual migrations of running computers

  • Perform physical-to-virtual migrations of computers that are powered off

  • Import virtual appliances

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