troubleshooting Question

Convert a SBS 2003 to VHD

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We are going to migrate from our current SBS 2003 (with Exhcange) box to 2 VM's running on a Server 2008 R2 Hyper-v box.

1 VM will host AD and file/print server. 1 VM will host Exchange 2010.

I have found an EE article outlining the details on how to do the migration.

(https://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2881-Migrate-Small-Business-Server-2003-to-Exchange-2010-and-Windows-2008-R2.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+2003+2008+2010+30+busi+exchang+migrat+r2+server+small+window)


My question at this point. How do I convert the SBS 2003 box to VHD so that I can bring it into a VM.

I really would rather not migrate directly from the physical box, because I need the option of snapshots if anything goes wrong.

I've read that, in order to convert a DC, an 'offline' conversion must be done. Problem is, it seems that the free tool (disk2vhd) only does an 'online' conversion.

The other option that I found was, to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager to do an offline convert.

Problem with that is, it can only be installed on a DC or a machine that has been joined to a domain. In my case, where we have 1 physical server. I do not want to promote the server to DC, neither do I want to join it to a domain that is being hosted on one of the guest VM's either.

What would be my best approach??

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