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Hi everyone, I have a hyper-v cluster I have been using succesfully for a few years now but i am experiencing issues with a guest VM running Windows Server 2003r2 x64 Standard.  

Any server I have ever created from scratch I have been able to control and work with but this particular server was an existing physical server I recently tried to virtualize.

I copied the vhd files to the appropriate place on the clusterstorage volume, defined the VM and the server boots up just fine.  The trouble is I have absolutly no control over the server.  Ctrl+Alt+Del doesnt work, power down restart commands dont work.  My guess is I have to inject drivers for integration features but i do not know how to do that when I cant control the server at all!

Any thoughts?
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by:Mahesh
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Try below.
Just reboot the vm and click in the machine console to activate key board and press f8 repeatedly
It might the allow you to enter in safe mode.
Once you logon to safe mode, then try to uninstall original drivers since this is P2V machine
once you removed all device drivers, just reboot the machine normally and then try to install integration services
Unfortunately, you will not be able to use mouse and all operations you must do through key board only.

If above trick fails, then you may need to again P2V physical server

Mahesh
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by:LWDud
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I can get to the press Ctrl+Alt+Del screen of safe mode but the keyboard input stops there.
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by:Steve
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unfortunately, hyper-v isn't vbery good with the older OS versions and the integration tools are not entirely compatible.

Shutdown the VM, mount the VHD manually and copy the  hyper-v integration CD to a folder on the root of the VHD. When you boot the VM back up it should find the drivers for the keyboard/mouse and other hyper-v devices.

I sometimes run the setup from /support/amd64 (it works for all x64, not just AMD) but you may not be able to do this if you have no keyboard control.
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by:LWDud
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Ah interesting... Just dump it into C:\ I will try that.  

Do you think I would have any better luck with VMWARE for the older OS?
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by:Steve
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not sure. its worth a try.
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by:LWDud
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No dice so far, did you mean take the entire support folder and copy it onto C:\?

Like this:
C:\support\

or take the architecture specific folder and place it on C:\?

Ive got no luck so far copying the entire support folder to the C drive...

VMWARE is my next step but that's a whole lot of work if this doesnt pan out.
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by:Steve
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either should work in theory as long as the files are there.
If you had any interface options you could run the installer manually, but that doesn't sound possible from your description.

Interestingly, you should be able to use the keyboard even if everything else doesn't work, as that doesn't need drivers etc.

Sounds like something has gone a bit wrong if even the keyboard doesn't respond.
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We ended up re-virtualizing this machine using VMWARE, worked like a charm!
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by:LWDud
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Hyper-V refused to work, VMWare did.  Noone other than me came out and expressed this as a possible solution.
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