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In computing. Physical-to-Virtual ("P2V" or "p-to-v"[1]) involves the process of decoupling and migrating a physical server's operating system (OS), applications, and data from that physical server to a virtual-machine guest hosted on a virtualized platform.

Methods of P2V migration[edit]

Manual P2V[edit]

User manually creates a virtual machine in a virtual host environment and copies all the files from OS, applications and data from the source machine.

Semi-automated P2V[edit]

Performing a P2V migration using a tool that assists the user in moving the servers from physical state to virtual machine.

Fully automated P2V[edit]

Performing a P2V migration using a tool that migrates the server over the network without any assistance from the user.

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  1. ^ Muller, Al; method, Seburn (2005). "Chapter 6: Physical-to-Virtual Migrations". Configuring VMware ESX Server 2.5. Syngress. p. 139. ISBN 9780080488578. Retrieved 2013-07-24. The concept of this p-to-v process, or any p-to-v process, is really quite simple: you are making a copy of your hard drive and piping it eventually into a virtual server.