I have with me a SBS 2011 server with the following config -
- Xeon x5647 CPU
- 24GB RAM
- C: = 120GB
- D: = 990GB (840GB being free) - This is only the Data drive and contains "Folder Redirections" and "Shares"(User Shares)
- F: = 3GB Recovery partition
Now, we have a requirement to run another server for an application that our company is purchasing. Because we cannot afford to buy another server, I was planning to do the following -
1. Backup the Server using Windows Image Backup (Backup Assist)
2. Install HYPER-V 2008 R2 bare metal version of operating system on it.
3. Create VHD of size 121GB and restore the Windows Image Backup onto this drive.
Now my questions are -
1. I remember reading a while ago that to restore Windows Image backup the destination disk size should be same as bigger. Could someone confirm?
2. If this is the case, I am not worried about C: drive as we have enough disk space to even take it up to 200GB. What I am concerned about is the D:\ which we wanna really compress to accomodate another server. Will we be able to go with a smaller vhd for D:\ drive for restore operation to succeed.
3. Is the Windows image backup the best option in our case to do a P2V.
4. Has anyone done a similar operation before on a SBS 2011 server who could give me some guidance. I really want this to work.
Keep in mind that it will be essentially a bare-metal restore as restoring to VHD is like restoring to a new server.
Thanks in advance.