Converting physical servers to virtual machines can bring significant benefits to a business, such as savings on time, resources, complexity, and money. It can be tempting, therefore, to rush headlong into the conversion process: after all, the hypervisor tools are wizard-driven, making the actual physical to virtual (P2V) migrations straightforward.

But converting the machines is only one small step in a successful P2V migration. Planning and effort — both before and after the actual conversion — are required to ensure that a P2V conversion delivers the desired benefits.