Move from Physical to Virtual - Hyper-V

Posted on 2009-12-17
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I'm looking for suggestions on moving a Physical SBS 2008 install to Hyper-V.  I studied the migration guide and it's one way.  I was looking for a more direct way where I wouldn't have to make "permanent changes to source server" as the migration wizard does.  Does anyone have any suggestions?
Question by:norbs101
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    You can Convert your Physical SBS 2008 BOX to Virtual


    Simply use the utility above to convert all the SBS partitions you have on your physical server to VHDs then create a Hyper-v VM and add the appropriate VHD's in the right order

    That should get you started without changing the source server

    Next is :

    Take a full backup of your SBS 2008 on a external USB drive
    restore it in a Virtual Machine on Hyper-V

    For restoring in a VM :

    1 - Create a new VM in Hyper-V

    You can use a tool called quick vhd to quickly create any fixed size vhd's
    QuickVHD :
    You can use bitcalc (google bitcalc) and then calculate the exact size in GB to make your quick virtual hard disks

    2 - Insert your SBS Disc-1 or the map the SBS DISC-1 ISO in Hyper-v VM as the boot device
    3 - Switch on the Virtual Machine and follow the link above from there on

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    Make a complete backup image.  Install Hyper-V.  Restore your backup as a new virtual machine.  Do not do this in a live environment...make sure it is well tested before you make the switch.  
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    Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsofts Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system thats online. Disk2vhd uses Windows Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted)

    I would recommend to use the Disk2VHD option first as that will get you up and runnin quickly in Hyper-v too ;

    Let us know if you need further clarification
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    by:Philip Elder
    Another method beyond the Disk2VHD which we have used, is to run the SBS 2008 backup to a USB HDD.

    In Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 or any R2 version of Hyper-V you can pass through USB hard drives.

    Hook up the SBS 2008 USB HDD to your Hyper-V box, open disk management on a remote workstation, mark the USB HDD backup drive as offline, set up your VM with the SBS 2008 D1 ISO in the optical drive, attach the USB HDD to the VM using H-V Manager,  boot from the DVD, restore your SBS 2008.

    Once you have restored, you will need to install the Hyper-V Integration Services and set up your IP address identical to the existing box's IP setup. Once done, run the Fix My Network Wizard to catch anything behind the scenes that may not be working as expected.


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    This was exactly what I was looking for.  It worked out perfectly.

    Thanks all.

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    Why do you have to restore the backup if you are converting the physical hd to a vhd? Can't you just create a Virtual Machine and add the converted vhd as the Virtual drive?

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