I posted one previous question regarding this previously.
Tomorrow, I have to make this thing happen.
Here's exact details on my current situation. I've already done a SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 Migration. The migration is pretty much complete at this point. All I need to do is get a LOB application off the original SBS 2003 Server and into an SBS 2008 Standard VM. Then I can demote the SBS 2003 server and remove it from the domain.
Unfortunately, when I did the SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 migration I did it directly to the physical hardware on the new server, not fully understanding the requirements for Hyper-V for SBS Premium. The SBS 2008 server is on an HP ProLiant DL380 G6 Dual Xeon E5540's, 8GB RAM, w/ 6 x 146GB 10000 RPM SAS drives in RAID10. Currently SBS 2008 is installed directly on the server hardware utilizing the entire RAID10 volume with 3 partitions. 120GB System Partition, 24GB Swap/Temp Partition, and 264GB Data Partition (Document Redirection, Exchange, Sharepoint, WSUS, and Data Shares)
I need to convert this physical machine to a virtual one, and need to allowfor drive space for the second Windows 2008 Standard VM that will run only the LOB application (Sage MAS 200 (Non SQL version)). I'm thinking a 40GB VHD should be adequate for this server as it looks like currently MAS200 is using only about 5GB of storage for the program and data. I'm thinking I'd like to take that 40GB of space from the SBS 2008 120GB C: system partion. It has almost 80GB of available space and I have all the other main data sources for SBS redirected to the other larger data partition, so if I leave it with almost 40GB of free space I don't see ever using all of that.
Tools I have available to me. Acronis True Image Backup and Recovery 10 SBS Edition (currently installed on the SBS 2008 Physical Machine), and a 1TB External USB Harddrive.
What I need to accomplish:
1. Convert the existing SBS 2008 physical machine to a virtual one along with resizing the C: partition down to 80GB to free up 40GB for the other server. I need to do this to the external USB hard drive.
2. Install Hyper-V Server R2 on the physical hardware. I assume I can just do this from DVD.
3. Move the new SBS 2008 VM off the USB drive and back to the server RAID10 array, and get it running in Hyper-V Server R2.
4. Install the new instance of Server 2008 as a VM with a 40GB partition and migrate the MAS200 LOB application from the old SBS 2003 server.
5. Demote the SBS 2003, and remove it from the domain.
6. Crack a cold one, and relax.
1. Resizing the C: partition on the existing SBS 2008 Physical Machine. Can I do this directly in the P2V conversion or do I need to do it before the conversion?
2. Best P2V conversion tool to use? It looks like Disk2vhd will create a single VHD file with all the partitions intact, but I don't see any options of resizing the partitions? Suggestions?
3. Moving the converted SBS 2008 VM from the USB drive back to the RAID10 array? Will the Hyper-V Server R2 host be able to read the USB Drive directly, is this something I can do with the Remote Server Administration Tool for Windows 7?
4. Using the USB External Hard drive for backups once I have all this setup. If I'm understanding it correctly if I disconnect it from the Hyper-V host it will pass-through and be connectible on the SBS 2008 Guest? Is that correct? I'll be using the ATI Backup and Recovery software for doing backups of both servers and Exchange to the USB Drive, I will not be using the built in SBS Backup Utility.
5. Networking? What concerns do I have with setting up the networking for this environment, the physical server has 4 Gigabit NIC's, what is the best configuration for this scenario?
6. Activation of the SBS 2008 server? Do I need to change the COA key from the Physical Key to the Virtual one after I do this to get it activate?
7. Anything else you think I may be missing.
This is going to be my first dive into Hyper-V so let just say I'm a bit more than nervous. I wish I had time to do some of this on the bench and do some testing, but unfortunately, I just don't have the time for that. I need to get this SBS 2003 server demoted before the 21 day expiration period for the migration ends. I'm bringing this network down later afternoon tomorrow, and it absolutely has to be up and working the following morning. So any advice or pointers or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'll spread the points out to everyone that offers new helpful info. If anyone would like me to post a new question for one specific area of this conversation just let me know.
Thanks so much!!!!