Virtual Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 R2 x64

Hi,
We have upgraded our server from 2003 to 2008 R2 and I'm unable to get Virtual Server 2005 running properly.

The install indicates a compatibility error, but it lets me continue the install.  When I open up the virtual admin website, I get this error:  "Could not connect to Virtual Server.
You can specify an alternate Virtual Server below."  I have tried to connect to it with the IP and the FQDN of the server but with no luck.

I ran the KB update for supported OS's:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=bc49c7c8-4840-4e67-8dc4-1e6e218acce4

Is there some configuration issue that I'm missing?  Maybe in IIS?

I should also add that I'm not apposed to using a different free product like Hyper-V or VMware, I just thought this would be the easiest since our images are already in VHD format.
paradigm_ISAsked:
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bbaoConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
it is always recommended to migrate to Hyper-V for better performance and compatibility.

however, be aware that you need to upgrade the existing guest VHD files into new format in order to work with Hyper-V. one approach is given below.

HowTo: Migrating Guest VHD from Virtual Server 2005 R2 to Hyper-V Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008
http://www.agileit.com/Blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?Id=402
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paradigm_ISAuthor Commented:
I have decided to go with Hyper V since our new server supports it.  
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kevinhsiehCommented:
If your VMs were using the latest version of the VM Additions, you should be able to boot the VM under Hyper-V and then install the Hyper-V integration components. Otherwise, you will need to uninstall the VM Additions while running under Virtual Server and then install the integration components. You don't need System Center VMM. You can simply recreate the VMs using Hyper-V Manager and point them to the existing VHD files.
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paradigm_ISAuthor Commented:
bbao,

I have been following the steps in that process and all seems well, except the network driver on the virtual image.  How can I load the new network driver into the VM machine?  I tried to mount a USB thumb drive that contains the drivers, but there doesn't seem to be an option to do that.  Do I have to burn a disc?
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paradigm_ISAuthor Commented:
I should also mention that it is the synthetic virtual broadcom NIC that HyperV automatically installed.
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kevinhsiehCommented:
The drivers get loaded when installing the Hyper-V Integration Components. Using Hyper-V Manager, connect to the VM. Under the Action menu, select Insert Integration Services Setup Disk. That will mount an ISO image on the VM and the upgrade should start. Otherwise, browse to the DVD drive on the VM and run the setup. To actually add the synthetic NIC (which is just called Network Adapter) in the GUI, you need to modify the VM settings while the VM is off.
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paradigm_ISAuthor Commented:
Yeah, sorry the NIC was working after all.  I already ran the Insert Integration Services Setup Disk.  I just got confused because a couple of "add new hardware" wizards popped up.  All seems to be well.  I turned it back to a static IP and it's working.  Now I just have to do this 10 more times.  :)
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> I tried to mount a USB thumb drive that contains the drivers
> but there doesn't seem to be an option to do that.

unfortunately, Hyper-V doesn't support USB mapping (pass-through) like VMware does.

> Do I have to burn a disc?

not really, "a workaround to access USB drives in Windows guest VMs involves using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client to "share" host drives with guests over a Remote Desktop Connection. Sound can be enabled through a similar workaround."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V

hope it helps,
bbao
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