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Migrate Physical DC and Exchange servers to Hyper-V machines

Last Modified: 2013-11-11
I have a PHYSICAL domain controller running Windows Server 2003 Standard x86, and a PHYSICAL Exchange Server 2003 server. The HARDWARE of the Domain Controller will amply handle the load of both servers if virtualized (4GB RAM, 1.5TB RAID5 Storage, Quad-port Gigabit NIC, Quad-core XEON).

Can I convert the PHYSICAL servers to Hyper-V Machines (VHD's), Load Server 2008 Standard with Hyper-V, build a core installation, and mount the Hyper-V Machines without having to rebuild both servers?

I am out of space on Exchange, and can't afford the Down-Time of building new server installations and I have a TON of space free on the DC. I don't have the licensing yet, but will acquire if my goal can be accomplished.

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I have put the project on hold for now...Thank you for the assistance thus far. I will post an update and "Request Attention" if/when this is necessary again.
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