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Moving and consolidating two Windows 2003 servers to new hardware using Hyper-V Server

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I have a client with a WIndows 2003 Small Business Server and a Windows 2003 Standard member server (terminal server) who wants replace both servers but is on a limited budget.

The question here is, could we create P2V conversions of the existing servers, migrate/import and host the VHDs on new hardware running Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?
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by:djhayu
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What I have done in the past is if you upgrade SBS 2003 to 2008, you will be given to license to run the host machine without lossing a license.  You can then instll SBS 2008 in a VM and then migrate the SBS 2003 to the SBS 2008 installation.

Here are the instructions to migrate 2003 to 2008:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=52b7ea63-78af-4a96-811e-284f5c1de13b&displaylang=en

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by:NtegraIT
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Thanks for the comment.

The customer has already purchased a new server without an OS, which meets the hardware requirements for Microsoft Hyper-V Server, but is at this time unable to come up with the funds to purchase SBS 2008/Server 2008 and the required licensing.

We would like to take advantage of this new server and Microsoft Hyper-V Server, since it's free, and convert both the SBS 2003 server and the 2003 server to VHDs and hosting them as VMs on the new server. The question is..... is it possible?
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msmamji earned 500 total points
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Since you are on a low budget, I will assume you can't invest in SCVMM (for the P2V solution). However, you can use the disk2vhd tool to convert your physical machine HD into VHDs. you can then configure VMs on the Hyper-V Server to use these VHDs for the servers.
Disk2vhd supports Windows Server 2003 and above so I guess you are covered.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

Regards,
Shahid
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