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Just testing some virtualization. Just P2Ving an Exchange server, we want to get the system drive (C:) and the data which lives on another drive (D:) with some other stuff. How do I get the converter to only bring the one folder over and ignore unnecessary data? I've tried using subst but it's obviously too superficial because the converter doesn't see the drive.

Any ideas or work arounds?


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You don't. It's designed to virtualize the server as a whole - it's not really file aware past that. If you don't want those files copied, you can virtualize the server, bring it up, delete the files, then re-convert if you need to shrink the drives as thin-provisioned.

Alternately, hook up a USB drive, move the data you don't want converted, convert the drives you do, and presto.

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I understand that, but was wondering if there were any suggestions to avoid that. Anything clever that I may not be aware of. That's all. – s-twig Dec 9 '11 at 5:26
You've got mine - move the files off and/or delete them. That's really all you can do, unfortunately. – Driftpeasant Dec 9 '11 at 14:09

According to this tip about vmware conversion, after you select source machine and say where to save the file, you will get an OPTIONS screen that lets you exclude drives from the source.

Once preliminary settings are configured, it presents a local machine explorer to let you choose the folders and drives that are to be included in VMDK file.

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