Converting existing physical machines to HYPER-V Server 2008 R2 machines

Hi Guys,

I am really new to HYPER-V world and just about to explore it, so please provide as much information as you possibly can.
I have a situtation whereby I am doing a migration install. Before this install takes place, I would like to setup and install HYPER-V Server 2008 R2 on my new server and migrate the existing SBS 2003 server (physical machine) to a HYPER-V machine. Please indicate, how I could achieve this. What are the best practices for this.

Also some links to documentation about this setup will be good.
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manav08Author Commented:
Also, does Microsoft have a tool to do backups of these hyper-v machines
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msmamjiCommented:
You don't have native physical to virtual tools in Hyper-V. You need to use the SCVMM inorder to acheive P2V.  P2V capabilities are solid and recommended for P2V machines into Hyper-V.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb963740.aspx
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764232.aspx

As an alternative you can look into this and see if it fits your needs.
Disk2vhd
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

Regards,
Shahid
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msmamjiCommented:
With respect to backup. You can you Windows Server backup on the host machine.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958662
http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/08/29/backing-up-hyper-v-virtual-machines.aspx

or alternatively look at DPM
http://edge.technet.com/Media/DPM-2007-SP1-Protecting-Hyper-V/

Protecting Hyper-V
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd347838.aspx

The links above reference DPM 2007, However, for WS08 R2, DPM 2010 (currently in RC) will provide full backup functionality. Here a whitepaper
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=C9D141CF-C839-4728-AF52-928F61BEBDCA&displaylang=en

and another link discussing DPM 2010 functionality.
http://blogs.technet.com/DPM/archive/2009/09/29/DPM-2010-beta-is-available-now.aspx
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manav08Author Commented:
msmamji,

Thanks for your respinse.
This is a project for the coming 2 weeks so I will be in touch
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manav08Author Commented:
msmamji,

My HOST SERVER has 8GB of RAM and on it I plan to install SBS Server 2003 as well as Server 2008 R2. SBS Server 2003, will eventually be pulled out, leaving only the latter. How much RAM do you think I should allocate to my host. Would 1GB be plenty??
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msmamjiCommented:
If you are only going to install Hyper-V role on your server than I think that should be enough.
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manav08Author Commented:
Yes HYPER-V R2 is on the Server and Windows 2008 R2 will be running as a guest machine. This Server 2008 machine will have exchange 2010 installed on it as well, so it could be a resouce intensive environment.
Couple more questions I am configuring the HYPER-V Server -

1. Can more disk space be added to the guest operating system later on. If yes, how does one do it.
2. Also if I only have one guest and I share the network card with the host server, it shouldn't have any performance degradation, should it??
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msmamjiCommented:
1. if you are asking whether VM vhd can be expanded then yes.
http://www.petri.co.il/expanding-virtual-hard-disks-with-hyper-v.htm

2. Normally, it is recommended to have a separate NIC for Hyper-V management, separate NIC (or NICs) for VMs.
However, you have only one guest, therefore, I think you will not feel much of a performance hit.

I welcome you to explore John Savill website. Very Informative.
http://www.savilltech.com/videos.html

Another good Site.. you can explore
http://virtualboytv.com/servers.aspx

Regards,
Shahid
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manav08Author Commented:
msmamji,

Are you able to explain in short what SCVMM is? Is it free? Is it easy to manage via SCVMM than Hyper-V Manager?
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msmamjiCommented:
Sure.  First things first. Well its not free.
Virtual Machine Manager as the name suggest Microsoft Virtualization Management solution to manage virtual infrastructure. I have found it to be really useful and quite productive.
You can a use VMM library with ISOs, VMs, VHDs, VM configurations etc, which help you in rapid deployment of VMs.
You can use VMM P2V to convert physical machines to VMs. P2V in VMM is very solid.
VMM lets you manage Hyper-V hosts, Hyper-V Cluster and Hyper-V VMs.
If used in conjuction with SCOM, you can use PRO Tips in VMM, which gives you (auto or manual) movement of VMs from one Host to other, based on performance settings you set.

Since you get one window solution to manage so many things, you will find it easy to use SCVMM. At some point might even forget the hyper V Manager.

Regards,
Shahid

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manav08Author Commented:
msmamji,

Thanks for your reply.
Would you please also have a look at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Applications/Virtual_Server/Hyper-V/Q_25720501.html and see if you can help me with this issue that has cropped up
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manav08Author Commented:
Can confirm that P2V works great. Thanks shahid.
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