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    (h2v) convert 2003 server hardware to hyper-v

    Am I right in thinking it's still best to use vmware converter to convert a server even if the virtual system will end up being hyper-v.

    Not sure if any of the converters for hyper-v have moved on since last year when I checked. Back then I was advised to use vmware converter to get the vm and then convert that to hyper-v.

    Is this still the recommended method?

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    You dont happen to have Backup Exec system recovery do you? You can do it using that if you do.

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    You dont happen to have Backup Exec system recovery do you?
    No. we have remote offsite backup.

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    Also needs to be a free converter.

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    The Microsoft tool does it very well Disk2VHD

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    scvmm has a free version. I've found it to be a bit more reliable than disk2vhd

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    I've found it to be a bit more reliable than disk2vhd
    Have any of these products ever caused an issue with the physical system? Just need to be 100% before I go play on a live setup.

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    No, it uses a VSS writer and snapshot process obviously there is an overhead and a tax to be paid whilst the vhd copy is made so if you are doing it on a live production server.

    That why the SCVMM version is better as it was designed to be used on live running boxes and also supports 2000 Server SP4

    We have used Disk2VHD on Exchange Servers with no problem on the host.

    Obviously if your copying the system volumes from a production SCSI Raid server your going to have a few things to sort out when to try to emulate it on a VM as a VHD but with a bit of practise and google on hand you will get the hang of it.

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    Basically I am updating a server from 2003 to 2008r2 and have managed to get hold of a hp micro server to aid me in the update.
    My plan is to install 2008r2 on to the micro server, then dcpromo and move the roles. At that point I was going to virtualize the old 2003 server and move that on to hyper-v on the 2008 server. At that point I can wipe the old 2003 server and install 2008, move everything back.

    does that sound about right?

    Looks like SCVMM needs a server to run from while it does its thing. As this is a one off h2v and its a small primary with no spare servers would I be best using the disk2vhd?

    Thanks

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    A few questions about SCVMM.

    If I install SCVMM onto a 2008r2 box will it create a vm of my 2003 AD server and will I then be able to fire up this vm on the 2008r2 box that is running SCVMM. I dont have access to lots of servers so will need to run the vm from the machine that has captured it.

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    Yes you can take a physical 2003 Server, use the offline physical to virtual converter (I would), then you will end up with a virtual server you can run on any server with HyperV installed.

    I have done it before.

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    One last question.

    Would I be best moving the DC roles to my 2008r2 box before conversion? So I end up with a 2008r2 server with the roles and running a hyper-v with my 2003 server. or is it ok to just grab the lot and fire the 2003 vm with all DC roles up and run it like that.

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    Personally if you are intending to move to a 2008R2 DC then I would move the roles across because I converted. Do you only have 1 DC, if so i'm not sure if promoting the host to a DC is a good idea, as you want the hsot to do one thing.

    Have you considered making a new DC on the host, and having 2 DCs one new virtaul one and the older 2003 one, then move the roles etc and convert.

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    Yes one server in the school that does everything. And I have my own micro server that I will need to remove from the school at some point.

    So do you mean -

    setup 2008r2 on my micro server
    add 2008r2 to domain
    dcpromo microserver

    At this point would I make the 2008r2 master dc or not?

    then vm convert the 2003 server

    move the 2003 vm onto my 2008r2 microserver

    wipe the old server and setup os

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    Think I might bottle out on this.

    Going to take a vm of the server as a backup, but will do a standard migrate. Move all the files and roles onto the microserver, check all is ok and then move them back. Its long winded but is something I have done many times. The virtual element is adding in some confusion for me.

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