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Converting Blackberry server into Virtual Image for backup

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Hello All:

I need help in trying to accomplish this task.

I have a BES server that I need to upgrade to BES profressional. Because we are at an old revision we have to do step upgrades. As part of my upgrade plan, I would like to create a virtual image of this server with VMware Converter and have this image ready for backup in case my physical server runs into issues with the upgrade. I can then power up the Virtual server to run in the meantime to resume production while I repair the physical server.

As I run the VMware converter at one step it warns me that Sysprep files are not loaded on the converter server machine. My questions:

 - What are the Sysprep files?
 - Where do I get them?
 - Do I need to generate them on the physical server to be virtualized?
 - What is the exact file or files that I need to load on the converter server machine?

All help is much appreciated

Thanks !

Rmq103

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The System Preparation tool (Sysprep) is a technology that you can use with other deployment tools to install Microsoft Windows operating systems with minimal intervention by an administrator or technician. Sysprep is typically used during large-scale rollouts when it would be too slow and costly to have administrators or technicians interactively install the operating system on individual computers.

More info - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc783215(WS.10).aspx

The process which you are trying to undertake is called P2V or Physical to Virtual Conversion.

What operating system is the BES Server currently running ?
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Windows 2003 Standard SP1
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Download link for SysPrep files for Windows Server 2003 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/892778

You would have to copy the SysPrep files to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\svr2003

This will enable you to add the Guest OS Customization Wizard.
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Hi All:

I downloaded the Sysprep tool, ran it on my machine as a test before running it on the server and got very different results. The tool reset my domain credential (I had to rejoin the domain), unactivated my XP license (OEM) on a Dell laptop so now I have 30 days to activate and did not leave any files for me to download. I guess I was expecting that at the end of the process the tool would leave files for me to use in the image. I ran the tool with the regenerate new SID numbers unchecked.

What did I do incorrect to receive the above results?

Thanks,

Rmq103
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Hello All:

I don't believe that I ran the sysperp tool correctly because as in the post before it reset the licensing and knocked me off the domain on my laptop. What is the correct way to run this tool without impacting the server i need to virtualize?

Thanks for your help.

Rmq103
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Figured it out. What I assumed was a task was needed to run on the server first when in case it's actually the extracted files that need to be added to the host. Thanks for your direction.

Rmq103
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