Hi all. I've got a project to take some old physical servers and virtualize them but I'm not too familiar with the process. Here's what I have to start:
PowerEdge 2600 running Windows 2000 server SP4 and SQL 2000.
It has a Dell Perc4 RAID 5 array.
From research I've been doing it looks like the age of the equipment and the Windows software is going to make this very difficult for me. Also I don't have much of a budget for this until I can prove that I can get it running in the first place.
I'd like to run it in Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V ultimately but will be happy if I can make it run on anything cheap or free as a demo for now.
Can someone give me advice as to the easiest way to do this? Are there particular issues I need to be concerned with regarding the PowerEdge 2600 or the RAID controller? Or Windows 2000 and SQL 2000? This is currently for a test so performance isn't the issue as long as it will function.
What is the best tool to convert it P2V? (free)
What is the best platform for me to get the machine running after the conversion?