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How do I intstall a system image on a new virtual machine?

Posted on 2013-11-20
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1. Created System image of host to DVD's- Pre HyperV setup
      - Windows 8 PRO
2. Added HyperV
    - Created new machine.

Problem:
When I open the New Virtual machine I apply the DVD so as to boot from DVD.  
I insert the system image repair disk. NO BOOT (No boot device available)
I insert the system image. NO BOOT (No boot device available)

I would like to boot and install the system image on the Virtual Machine.
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by:Sikhumbuzo Ntsada
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Would it not be better to use Disk2vhd? This will allow you to create a virtual instance of your machine, which you can then attach it to a new VM and boot up.
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by:rhservan
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Sorry for delay,  trying to work this in among many other projects.

Thanks for the reply here are my results.


I was able to store the image on the vhd.

I then booted from the VM with my Win8 Pro disk and selected repair and found the drive with the image on it.  Win8 found the image.

However,

It failed due to the System Image was created with EFI and I was using BIOS Boot.  

I was unable to find anything to further my installation.
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by:rhservan
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Anybody there?
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by:rhservan
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Are you saying I am supposed to be able to boot from a vhd after applying the windows Image backup(WIB) to the vhd?

Just to revisit,  

1. I have a Windows 8 pro installation hosting a Hyper v virtual machine.
2. I created a WIB of the host machine.

Problem: I desire to install the WIB to the Virtual Machine. This has been unsuccessful.

What I have done:
1. Tried to boot the VM with System repair disk(SRD). this failed and it recognizes the disk as a non system disk.  If I could get the SRD to work I should be able to complete my installation.

2. Installed the Win 8 Pro OS on the VM and had it search for the WIB on an external drive it found the WIB successfully.   It appears to work up to the point it fails where it states the WIB was built from eui and the VM is a boot bios.

Goin' around in circles.  That's why I need an expert.  Please assist. Thanks.
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Sikhumbuzo Ntsada earned 500 total points
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Hi Rhservan

What I meant was, you will create a VHD of the physical machine, then create a new Virtual Machine - when asked to create a new drive you select an existing drive which will be the VHD you created.

You will then start the VM booting of the VHD you attached. There will be no need to repair if all went well.
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by:rhservan
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Thanks Santasi24,

I was having a problem with the concept and you just cleared it up. I appreciate you sticking with me on this.

Also, Below is a link to a YOU TUBE demonstration of using the tool I found:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlB4MUZmV8E
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by:rhservan
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I'd like to make an insertion here at this point.

New information:

Hyper V  does not support uefi images or boot disks.  At this time ESX VMware will.

So even with the VHD2Disk it will not recognize uefi partitions. Hyper V  will not recognize a system repair disk created on uefi bios, it will never boot.  

I still support Santasi24 response above as it will work as long as uefi is not involved.


Here is a supporting link from microsoft:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/a872a669-3b84-46e4-bcf9-febd35837ba0/hyperv-client-uefi-support?forum=w8itprovirt
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