Convert Windows 2000 Server SP4 running Exchange 2000, and running SQL 2000 with Vmware Converter

Posted on 2007-10-13
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I need the process for Converting a Windows Server 2000 SP4 running Exchange 2000, and SQL 2000
to a virtual server with Vmware Converter.  

Question by:sunshineknox
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    Expert Comment

    P2V with VMware convertor is reasonably straightforward now.

    Follow the gui providing source physical machine and destination. Some things to look out for:

    -you will need to re-ip the virtual. The virtual nic will not have the ip information of the physical, so write it down and configure when the virtual is up.
    -HAL. If you have more than one logical core on the physical you will have more than one vCPU in the virtual. Configure this down to 2 vCPUs unless your vmware box has a serious amount of cores!
    -Legacy hardware and software. All that old physical hardware will exist in device manager - clean it out of the virtual. Also if you have some vendor hardware management/diag software it's kind useless in a virtual.

    More detailed info in this doc even if it is a bit old:

    Author Comment

    I've done P2V before, but it seems to be different with Windows 2000 Server running exchange 2000 and SQL 2000.  I've ran into a problem with it failing with an unknown error and need to know if anyone has successfully created a virtual server of a Windows 2000 server running exchange 2000 and SQL 2000 environment.  If they have then I need to know the process that was taken.  Note:  There are no mirrored drives and also during the virtualization process it shows the two drives I know about.  It is also picking up two unidentified drives that I don't have any clue where it is getting them from.  I do have mapped drives on the server, but the sizes dont match up. When I run it with everything checked I get an unidentified error.  When I run it with the two drives with questions marks unchecked it pops up a warning about it being a system drive and will not boot, but it runs all the way the through.  I'm just unable to boot the image up that it takes because it doesn't find the OS.  This is the only time I've ran into a problem with the converter.  Help please.

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    Expert Comment

    I don't suppose you get an error code? I recall a NT4 box I was asked to hot p2v but could not because it was pre sp6...

    Anyhow do you have the vmware convertor enterprise edition - because if you did i would consider using the cold boot cd they provide to try the p2v.

    I suppose some other questions-
    Does the physical box have any issues at the moment?
    What does the vmware convertor log say?
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    Accepted Solution

    Hi sunshineknox,

    I have found that you can use alternate methods as well. VMconvertor is poor at relating what the error is or whats causing it. 9/10 times, it'll fail on an exchnage or SQL box.

    See details below on how to do this. i have done it a few times, works like a gem.

    1) Get Shadowcraft's ShadowProtect IT Edition, get the 30 day eval {FREE} (if ou get iso, make a cd)
    2) VMware Server version 1.4 {FREE}, and VMware workstation 6.0.1 [30 days eval, FREE] You need both of this products., or if you intend to use on an ESX Version, sourice it.
    3) Place the ShadowProtect IT Edition cd on each server and autorun (no need to shutdown the servers) the cd's or manual run the cd program. (see it edition instructions from web)

    4) Make a full backup on the fly, and you can backup to an external disk or network drive. Please note that full backup is required. It doesn't do anything to the exchange or the SQL databases. if your network infrusture is old school, then users might say emails etc are slow [in the duration of the backup only]

    ----------------------Now the Fun Part-----------------------------------

    1) Install VMware Server 1.4 on the server (please don't ask for instructions), and make sure you disable DHCP option in VMware Server., and install VMware workstation on another desktop pc , and and make sure you disable DHCP option.
    2) Import your shadoprotect backup file via vmware workstation, see instruction here:
    please make sure when you import the virtual machine, the output format should be vmware server compatible.
    Please do not start the virtual pc.
    3) Open Vmware server, and open the new virtual machine you created above, or maybe copy to the server's HDD for better I/O Performance. Make sure you have all the physical servers ip address and details.

    Power of your physical servers and power on your Viraul machines. On your virtual machines, you will have to install vmtools and a couple of sucessfull reboots. You'll be sweet as.

    Please be careful with the process, and always make sure you a decent backu pof your physiucal servers, before attemtp[ing your process.

    Have fun, most of all, virtualise. :-)
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    Expert Comment

    I know points are already given for this, but i wanted to add my $0.02.

    If you have mail spooling, such as a spam filter or other perimeter e-mail gateway, just unmount the information store and stop all SQL services for the duration of the conversion. Your gateway should spool e-mail long enough for you to do the conversion. I did mine after hours so users didn't see a disruption; it only took about an hour and a half over 1000base-t, even though I have about a 24 GB info store and about another 30 GB in databases. Then I shut down the physical server, brought up the virtual server with the VM nic set to host-only, replicated the IP information to the guest machine's nic, then changed the vm nic to Bridged and rebooted. When it came back up, the spam filter dumped its spooled mail, Outlook worked with no reconfig, sql jobs ran; it was beautiful.

    By the way, the ShadowProtect IT is actually made by StorageCraft; the URL is:

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