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Hi,

I have 5 stand alone server which are running windows 2008 standard and R2 version.

We have purchased new high end server with 64 GB RAM and 6 TB HDD space.

I am planning to install Microsoft 2008 Hyper-V server on new server and convert all 5 stand alone server in to virtual environment.

Please advice me how to convert this stand alone server in to virtual environment. all this servers are in production i can shutdown the servers in the night.

Regards,
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Use Disk2vhd v1.63

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft's Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows' Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415
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by:krf1963
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If you use Micorosft's SCVMM (Virtual Machine manager). There is an option to convert a physical machine to Virtual. This can be done whilst the machine is online (although it is sensible to do it at a quiet time) and creates a virtual copy of the machine as a guest on the Hyper-V host. This is the approach I would take.
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by:jitendramehta
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hi guys,

Thanks you so much for your quick response. i am donloading disk2vhd and convert once of the server in VHD file which i will store in external  hard disk.

My next question is to you guys is once i VHD file for one of the server how can i bring it in hyper -v environment?

Regards,
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Copy the VHD to the Hyper-V server, Create a Virtual Machine in Hyper-V, and select Add Existing Disk.
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by:jitendramehta
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Hi,

I have a different problem in my hyper V  manager when i am trying to connect to server iam getting following message.

check that virtual machine management services running and you are authorized to connect to server
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I believe this question has been answered. If this answer has been helpful please assign points.

Please post a new question, to address this new issue, which is off topic.i
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by:jitendramehta
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Thanks i will post new question for this problem
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by:jitendramehta
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Hi,

I was able to connect to server now i copied VHD files to server and when i try to turn on the virtual machine i am getting error virtual machine could not be startedbecasue the hypervisor is not running.

Please help
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if you create any new Virtual Machine, with scratch disk, and try to power on, do you get this error message?

could not be started becasue the hypervisor is not running?
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by:jitendramehta
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As you recommended i ahd used disk2vhd utility to convert one of my server to vhd file now i copied this VHD file to server directory called c:\virtual

While creating new virtual machine i selected exsisting virtual hdd and specified this path c:\virtual

when  you try to turn on virtual machine i am gettting above message.
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Do you have any other virtual machines that function on this Hyper-V Server?

Can you create any new VM, and just power-on to test?

(ignore what you have done up to now).
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by:jitendramehta
ID: 36538978
no i don't have anyvirtual machine on this server

let me try and i will update you
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by:jitendramehta
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When i try to create new windows 7 Pc with ISO file copied on the server and try to tuen on i am getting the same error message.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Okay, so this establishes, there is something wrong with your Hyper-V Server installation, I'm afraid a different question, and off-topic.

I believe this question has been answered. If this answer has been helpful please assign points.

Please post a new question, to address this new issue, which is off topic.

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