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HOW-TO Convert old Windows 2000 Server to Microsoft Virtual Server VM

Posted on 2010-09-21
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I have an Windows 2000 Server sp4 that is running Active Directory and DNS server. I want to take an image of that server and run it on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2. I googled a lot and see different options to do this but nothing seems concrete or complete. I have litte experience in Virtualization and can import vm files. Also, this system is a older SCSI mini server. Not sure if I will face driver issues when this goes online.

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celdridgeMadman earned 1500 total points
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Given the age of the system, have you considered re-building it inside a VM? The process would be install Win 200 server with DNS, DC promo it in as a domain controller, transfer any FSMO roles, DC promo out the old server, change any DHCP/static IP addresses using the old DNS server to you new one. That would probably be a safer option rather then risking imaging across hardware.

You face issues with the HDD controller cards being incompatible, potentially different types/numbers of processors, different video hardware. It probably could be done, but with a lot of planning and/or pain. You should post the full specifications of the server you are taking it from here first if you want to go down this route.
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by:solarmitra
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This is a good solution and I accept it. I have tried different versions of Symantec but I cannot get the harddrives to be detected. My system is so old that I just built a new BDC and promoted it to a PDC.
Thanks again,
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by:solarmitra
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Not exactly the solution I expected. I was thinking of some tool which could help detect the older drives, nevertheless a very good suggestion.
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