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Restoring SBS Server after migrating to VHD

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Hi

I have installed Acronis True Image( True Image Enterprise Server Echo ) on a server, and took an image of that server. Converted that image to a *.VHD ( Virtual Hard Disk ). Now when I try to run the server on a pc running Microsoft Virtual PC ( have also tried Microsoft Virtual Server ) I get an error saying "error loading operating system".

Got some tips, they said that this is because I'm running the server on new hardware. So I thought, Ok, I have to repair SBS then.
How do I go by doing that? I have the 2003 version of Windows Small Business Server.

Or, if anyone have any other suggestions, shout them out. Happy to try anything.

I have tried to restore defaults and such.

Regards, Thomas.
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by:Andrew Davis
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You will need to do an offline sysprep see google ( http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4GFRC_enAU206AU207&q=offline+sysprep )
although i believe acronis has a feature for doing this so it may be worth a quick call to their tech support.

cheers
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With offline sysprep, do you have to run it from a PE enviroment? As LiveXP ?
If so, does anyone have the files needed for the offline sysprep, or is it included? Instructions would be great.
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I am trying to create a virtual harddisk, and booting that up with acronis echo, and from there restoring the backup files to the harddrive. Instead of converting them to vhd. Will update here if that's the solution.
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And the solution is..... You can not use Acronis True Image Enterprise Server Echo _Trail_ to do the job I wanted to. That's migrating a physical server to a virtual server. It becase a big problem with drivers and hardware support. Since I had SBS server, you cant repair in a easy way. So, you have to use Acronis True Image Enterprise Server Echo with Universal restore to take the image, and then restore it to VHD again. Image taken with Acronis True Image Enterprise Server Echo _TRAIL edition, was not supported by the full edition.
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