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P2V a DC and upgrade from 2003 to 2008 strategy

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I have a physical Windows 2003 server box that is my DC as well as file&print server and holds all FSMO roles, DHCP, DNS, etc. (We're a small company.)

This server is running out of space, and I am looking to virtualize it. I am also looking to start the move towards Windows 2008 Server.

Can you recommend the best way I go about approaching this? My initial hope was to keep everything still on this one server, have it as 2008 and virtualized (as opposed to 2 separate servers), but perhaps that's not the best idea anymore. I also would prefer to not have to recreate all the shares and printer access.

Please note I am using the free version of ESXi, so some of my options are limited. Thanks.
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