New Hyper-V Server

I have an existing server 2008 R2 acting as DC and Exchange 2010 running on it.  I would like to convert the same server into a server 2008 R2 running Hyper-V with 2 hosts one running the current AD services (A DC) and the other host the current Exchange 2010.  What is the best way to migrate these from the existing server to Hyper-V hosts?


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It's hard to do on single machine. Physical to virtual conversion can be done with SCVMM.

If you convert your existing machine into virtual Exchange with DC, then you can create new DC, then sync, then move FSMO roles then demote original one.

If you like you can enable hyper-v on your machine but you should be aware of some restarts when your machine is not available for clients.
I would recommend you use ShadowProtect to backup the system, you can request a full trial version from them that will let you do backup and restore, after you see how well it works you will likely want to buy it.  You can then wipe the box, install a fresh Hyper-V and create a VM.  Boot to the ShadowProtect CD and restore the DC image directly into that new VM.  I've done it this way several times and with no issues.  What is so great about ShadowProtect is that it offers a HIR (Hardware Independent Restore).  This is important because switching from P2V changes the disk configuration on the server.  Where you previously had to have RAID drivers, the disk will now be IDE since the host system manages the RAID.
Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Backup Exec System recovery 2010 : (Full functional 60 Day Trial)

Disk2VHD (Free) :

Use the above two tools for backup of your Online System.


Once you have the backup, format your server, install Windows 2K8 R2, Enable the Hyper-V Role

Attach the Disk2VHD Disk you created earlier via Disk2VHD, start up your VM

Create two new Virtual Machines as per your requirements with Windows 2008R2.

Promote one of them to a DC, GC etc as the DISK2VHD VM would be your Live DC at that time.

Install Exchange 2010 on your Second VM and migrate.


Wim2VHD :

Above tool, will allow you to create Sysprep'd Windows 2008R2 based VHDs in minutes, you won't have to go through the install process.


Now, if you have not very many Mailboxes, you can even start fresh with Exchange, you can simply Export all mailboxes to psts and import them back into your new Exchange install.


Just roughly laid out the points I could think off - will check back again later after work.

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Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
BESR 2010, offers alot of features,

It can do Granular Mailbox Restores even with the Exchange server (just from the backup)
It is completely exchange aware (flush logs etc)
It offers to convert the backup set to a VMWare VM or Hyper-V VM (very useful as for vmware you would need a 64BIT machine and you can test your backup set to be o n the safe side).

If you have a few mailboxes, you can use the BESR feature to export mailboxes to psts or you can export mailboxes to psts before you delete.

BESR 2010, restores to similar or disimilar hardware and is very powerful
geocleojohnAuthor Commented:
Hi mutahir

Thanks for the helpful tips.  I dont have many mailboxes.  How would I export my mailboxes from my old Exchange server to psts which I now have running as a virtual machine on VMware?

Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
You can either use Microsoft outlook, 2007 or above

configure mailbox in it, then use File > Import and export > export as file > pst and it will export that mailbox to a pst


you can use the GUI (EMC) to do that for you too :

You would have to use a separate Machine  with Exchange 2010 MGMT TOOLS installed, above articles explains all you  need, I would suggest go through them and then take action, if you have  any public folders, I would recommend to open them in outlook 2007 and  export them as PST (thats just once for all public folders - you can  export all of them in one go              (This tells you to install Outlook 2010 X64 on your Live server, which in your case if you have the backup either in the form of vmware, i would suggest to install outlook 2010 on it, as if you mess up you can always have the copy of your Virtual machine or the BESR 2010 backup you took).

If you have used BESR 2010 to backup your live box into v2i images, then you can use the BESR 2010 Granular restore option too, for that you would need :

64Bit machine with exchange 2010 mgmt tools installed, with outlook 2007 installed on the same box and then you would install BESR 2010 (trial mode), open up the console and go into tools, granular recovery option, from there you can export your mailboxes to PSTs, I haven't seen BESR 2010 exporting pst from a Public folder database, so export your Public folders via outlook.

Hope this Helps
geocleojohnAuthor Commented:
Hi mutahir

On the subject of backups of my new Hyper-V server what do you recommend as backup software to backup my host s and the hyper-v guests?



still working on the exchange 2010 installation....
Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Once you have setup your server, you can explore the options available with BESR 2010 to backup Hyper-V.

What I recently did on a trial basis was to install the agent on my hyper-v vms and back them up as if I am backing another server over the network.

it worked well with 2008, windows 7 and windows 2003 VMs.

You can also setup Windows server backup on R2, it has some more features as compared to 2008 only.

will post more later in the day
geocleojohnAuthor Commented:
Will these options work on R2 Host ? Will it be able to restore all the guest OSs?

I notice that Symantec has a dedicated BESR just for virtual setups..
Syed Mutahir AliTechnology ConsultantCommented:
I haven't used the dedicated managment server (free of charge) from BESR, but I have used it in the following scenario :

BESR 2010 Installed on the Hyper-V Host
All Hyper-V VMs were on Virtual Network type "External", so visible on the physical LAN
Deployed BESR 2010 Agent to the VMs and backed them upto a USB Disk
Restored them onto a test Physical Server / Machine or converted them to a Vmware.

Above was done as a test and backups were created from Production.

Even if you use Windows Server Backup and if it backs the entire server successfully, it will restore the entier server with VMs etc, windows 2003 and above are vss aware, so you won't need to shutdown or pause the vms, they will be snapshoted by the Windows Server Backup and backed up without downtime - then again, its always good to create a test environment first.

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