Here is the deal. Putting ALL licensing/legal issues aside, we have an Acronis image of a Customer's SBS 2003 Premium server , OEM on a Dell Server. Server is dead and out of warranty. Motherboard is the suspect.
We have some experience with Virtual Server 2005 R2 as we run our development server, W 2003 Server R2 as a VM inside of a SBS 2003 Premium.
No where I have been able to find that SBS 2003 is a "supported" host to run Virtual Server 2005 R2 but we have ran our development server for years that way. Similarly, I have not found that SBS 2003 is a "supported" guest for Virtual Server or Hyper-v; however, we have ran some SBS 2003 as Vm for Virtual Server 2005 for testing-only purposes.
In this case this is a production server to be virtualized to avoid the complexities of re-installing the OS, and all the tasks involved in setting a new PDC where there is already a BDC.
We have already converted the Acornis image to a VM and we boot under Virtual Server 2005 R2, but we got to the re-activation windows after boot. We do not need to do this now as we do not have a final hardware/software for the replacement server, but it would be very comforting to test before telling the client to invest in a new server and OS.
So, what are my questions:
1 - Has anyone run a production SBS 2003 Premium server as a VM of either Virtual Server 2005 or Hyper-V on top on W2008 or Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?
2 - If so, how you dealt with the re-activation issue