I have about 7 servers and I have for sometime been looking into virtualization, I use VMware ESXi on my personal servers rack. The problem I seem to be unable to get around is how exactly to move physical servers to VMware. I know you can use the VMware converter to make a VM. But the problem I see is how to do stop the server from flipping out when the VM has all of the drivers from the previous install? Is there something I can do to prep the machines for being virtualized?
I have been using VMware converter for virtualizing probably hundreds of systems so far. There's a simple process to follow:
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VMware converter does a fairly decent job of disabling unecessary drivers. You can go into device manager afterwards and completely remove them from the system later, if you so desire.
Windows is also fairly good at not loading drivers for hardware that isn't there.
Link on how to show non-present devices in device manager for removing them after you're in virtual-land: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241257