VMware vCenter Guided Consolidation, recommended for smaller IT environments, enables you to convert physical systems to virtual machines and import them into vSphere. Use the consolidation feature to start transitioning your physical datacenter to a virtual one, or to further consolidate your physical datacenter as it grows.

Consolidating your datacenter involves the following process:

Find

You search for and select the physical systems in your datacenter that you want analyzed.

Analyze

Selected physical systems are analyzed and performance data on each selected system is collected. Generally, the longer the duration of the analysis phase, the higher the confidence in the vCenter Server’s recommendations.

Consolidate

Performance data is compared to the resources available on the virtual machine host systems. The selected physical systems are converted to virtual machines and imported into vCenter Server on the recommended hosts where they are managed along with other components of your virtual environment.

Access the Guided Consolidation feature by clicking the Consolidation button.