Migrating a PowerEdge 2400 System to a Hyper-V virtual machine
Posted on 2011-02-21
We have an old Dell PowerEdge 2400 (Pentium 3 class) running Windows Small Business Server 2003. We are trying to virtualize this machine and run it with Hyper-V on a newer server, but are running into problems with getting the virtual machine started.
Converting the physical machine into a virtual machine seems to have worked easily, but the snag we're running in to involves boot discs and media controllers. The physical machine has all of its devices attached via SCSI, but Hyper-V only supports booting from IDE. I can mount the boot drive as IDE and Windows will begin to load, but it crashes with a blue screen every time. The BSOD shows an error code of 0x0000007b, which refers to an Inaccessible Boot Device.
We have already tried modifying the registry (loading an recovery disc and accessing the registry file) to enable IDE boot devices, but that does not work. We've also tried mounting the images on a SCSI controller, but Hyper-V does not support booting from SCSI. We've also tried using Virtual Box to mount the drives, it will not load the OS at all.
Any suggestions to help get this virtual machine running are welcome.