How to take Windows 200 Server running SQL 2000 Physical to Hyper-V

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?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
now, you'll want to download the older VMware Converter 4.0 (the latest that I've linked to has dropped support for Windows 2000)

so this one should be good

this is version 4.0

otherwise try 3.0

It might be best to try with 4.0, and if difficulties drop to 3.0.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:


Before you begin performing P2V conversions, I recommend that you run the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) on the VMM server, the destination hosts, and the source machines.

download here

see here for further details

Use dynamic Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) to conserve disk space on the destination host.

No need to chkdsk the source disk, because it's virtual and shouldn't have any bad sectors!

You can do offline or online conversions, decide which, what is the server, Domain Controllers, SQL, Exchange do offline or cold.

use the Convert Physical Server Wizard to create a new virtual machine from a physical source computer.

Online conversion does not require a restart of the source computer. VMM uses the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to create an image of the source machine that is consistent on the application level and then creates an analogous virtual machine. The online conversion process consists of five steps:

    Installing the agent on the source computer

    Retrieving hardware configuration


    Fixing up

    Creating the virtual machine
Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Disk2VHD is a very good tool but it doesn’t work on Windows Server 2000.

I am a Hyper-V guy and cannot help too much with VMware but I think there are better tools that could convert your server in VMware environment. Then, you could easily convert VMDK in VHD disks with other tools. So, I suggest you to look for P2V migration to VMware first.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
isnt he converting to Hyper-V?
mwhainAuthor Commented:
I want to end up in Hyper-V but I have read from some sources that Windows 2000 cannot be easily converted and that I'd probably have to go into VMWare first. I don't know enough about VMWare to know how to do this.

Would it be easier for me to build a Windows 2000 virtual server in Hyper-V and then use Backup Exec to restore system state etc to the original server? Is that even possible?

I know Windows 2000 doesn't have VSS so a live conversion would be out of the question and I am also trying to minimize downtime.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
okay, well if you want to go to VMware.

here's the answer, with free tools.

Download VMware vCenter Converter here

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide

For the conversion steps, read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

Best Practice Video Guide here
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Now this will create you a Workstation with a VMDK.

then you can use

Convert VMDK to VHD for free using....

StarWind V2V Converter

StarWind Converter is a downloadable V2V conversion tool for virtual machines. You can use it to convert VMDK to VHD files and VHD to VMDK as well as to IMG file, which is a native StarWind format. This is a very simple but useful file conversion tool that will convert virtual hard drive images from VMware's VMDK format into the Microsoft's VHD format. It is a sector by sector copy operation from one format to the other. It does not modify the source image and will leave it so you can continue to use it.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
mwhainAuthor Commented:
Ahh yeah! That's what I think I needed. I tried to install Converter 4.3 today on the 2000 server and it would not install. I could not find the older versions and wasn't sure which to use. This should do the trick!
mwhainAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the help!
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