Thanks for taking the time to read this. I am looking for your opinion or advice on the subject.
We have a physical server that is our DC, running AD, DNS, DHCP, and is also the file server. The file server alone takes up 1TB of space. This server is running Server 2008R2, so after the conversion it would need to be upgraded to 2012R2 and then 2016/2019.
I am looking to move this to virtual, and wondering the best process. Does it make more sense to try and convert this using the VMWare converting tool and upgrading the OS afterwards? OR do I just spin up a new VM running Server 2016/2019 and start from scratch?
Concerns: If I convert the server using the tool, I'm afraid it will take up a ton of space, which I might not have enough free space to even do this, and I'm concerned about how long the conversion will take. During this process if someone saves files or modifies files on the server, they will not be in the VM, right? If I spin up a new server, I'd have to copy everything over, but I'm concerned about getting the new server ready and prepared without conflicting with the old one. Things like DHCP, and AD. I would need the new server to be the same server name and same IP as the old server so that my devices know where to check in for DNS, DHCP, AD etc.
What advice opinions does the community have on the best way to do this.
Thank you in advanced!!