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Migrate Physical DC and Exchange servers to Hyper-V machines

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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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Hello

Here are your answers:
What do we need to have Hyper-V running on the server?
We need any processor that supports Hardware virtualization.  You can use the following tool to verify processor capability:
http://blogs.technet.com/brad_rutkowski/archive/2008/01/26/does-my-cpu-support-hardware-virtualization-hyper-v.aspx

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?
This is possible using P2V: http://easterndigitalsoftware.com/p2v/p2v.htm

For managing your Hyper-V Core install; you need to get an MMC snapin and install in on a client machine:
http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/03/25/hyper-v-manager-mmc-now-available.aspx

You may want to increase the amount of RAM you have on the host for better performance; quite a few aspects will come into play: users/usage, etc.

Hyper-V Server 2008 is free to web now.

HTH

Satya
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Any updates on this?
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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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I think the question asked has been answered unless author can indicate.
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