Convert a W2K3 DC to a VM
Posted on 2011-10-20
We have an old Windows 2003 Server DC that is starting to show hardware problems, and would like to move this server to a Vmware Esxi 4.1 and run it as a VM. This old server presently acts as a DC and also the DNS, DHCP and WINS server for the network. We have another DC (Windows 2008) running on the network, acting also as a 2nd DNS server.
We were planning on using the VMware vCenter Converter to do a P2V conversion. Will this cause issues since it is a DC ? Or should we demote it to a member server, remove DNS server, dhcp, wins before doing the conversion, and then promote it back to a DC and assign DNS, Dhcp, Wins server roles after it is running as a VM ?