Converting a SBS 2008 From Physical to Virtual

hi all,

tomorrow i will be embarking on a project to migrate a physical SBS2008 install to a virtual server.

the reason for doing this is that we have been experiencing a hell of a lot of problems using hyper-v on the SBS2008 (i know we shouldnt of been doing it anyway)

so basically where do i start? what tools are required to convert the HDs into VHDs?
do i need to uninstall the hyper-v roll on the SBS installation first?

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

thanks,

Arran
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, uninstall the Hyper-V role.

and then follow these articles

http://www.itwriting.com/blog/articles/how-to-backup-small-business-server-2008-on-hyper-v

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsserver2008r2virtualization/thread/29d9d5d2-a265-4615-87ee-53d0a7466482/

You need to restore your backup. Basically you are performing a bare metal restore, it's just your bare metal is a VM. This post will walk you through the steps.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2010/06/11/how-to-perform-a-bare-metal-restore-on-small-business-server-2008.aspx

The only trick will be getting the backup presented to the VM. You can configure your backup media as a passthrough for this.

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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

Greetings hanccocka

@gaa18 Also do not forget that you cannot have 2 SBS on the same network/domain.

So if you are converting into the VM doing a P2V you need to perform this conversion as a cold migration.

The rest you can read some of the articles that  hanccocka have posted, to help you.

Unfortunately I am without time to EE on the present moment, so I will not be monitoring this question on a daily basis.

Jail
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