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How do you copy and run a W2008 R2 x64 Ent Hyper-V virtual server to a Win7 Pro x64 laptop?

Posted on 2011-04-27
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
How do you copy and run a W2008 R2 x64 Ent Hyper-V virtual server to a Win7 Pro x64 laptop?

I've had problems with Microsoft Virtual PC being able to launch the .VHD file.  It just gets stuck in a loop.

Alternately I've run the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone to try to convert it to run under VMWare Server, which is a fairly decent free product.  But I'm having problems adding the converted server into the Web console to start it up.
Question by:Bill

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I have had success with Sun virtualbox, in the past with something similar to this.
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What issue are you having adding the server to web console?
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Windows Virtual PC does not support 64-bit guest OS.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1332 total points
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Windows 7 operating system isn't supported as a host operating system for VMware Server 2.0. You may experience issues.

I would recommend you to use other VMware products that support Windows 7 e.g. VMware Workstation 7.1 (http://www.vmware.com/products/workstation/) or VMware Player 3 (http://www.vmware.com/products/player/)  (also a free download).

VMware have discontinued VMware Server 2.0, it not being developed further, and support for the product ends in 2 months, June 2011.

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burners earned 668 total points
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Use Oracle Virtualbox.
If the VHD doesnt open natively You can convert the file using the Citrix XenConvert Conversion tools which have much more options than any other tools I have seen.

You may have to create an account on Citrix to see the downloads

You can change from VHD to OVF and try to open that
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 1332 total points
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or convert the VHD to a VMDK using

StarWind V2V Converter for FREE!



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I ended up using VMWare's vCenter Converter Standalone free conversion utility to convert the Hyper-V .vhd file to VMWare Server's .vmdk format.
Note:  vCenter Converter is VERY slick and has a lot of features for a free product.

Then I added a Datastore in VMWare server so that I could "Add Virtual Machine to Inventory" on the console and start it up.

The other options and info are appreciated too.


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I basically went a slightly different direction by moving off of Microsoft's .vhd file format and onto VMWare Server.

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