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I have an old windows 2003 server that is having hardware problems. I would like to move that server to a virtual machine running on a physical server windows 2012.

Is that possible?

if so, could you please point me in the right direction on how to do it successfully.

how does the virtual machine interpret drivers/hardware?

they physical server is an active directory server and file sharing server. it has shared drives and data and a few users.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, it is possible. But it depends on what hardware issues, if the drive is not readable, it will not be able to clone the data, if you have any OS issues, do not expect these to be fixed in the VM, as any OS issues, will also be migrated and occur in the VM.

So what hardware issues are you experiencing?

Simplest software to use is Disk2VHD (it's free). It will create a clone of the existing hard drive to a VHD, then you will create a VM, and add this VHD, after boot-up, you will then install Integration Drivers to support Virtual Hardware (e.g. storage controllers and network interfaces).

Source
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

see here how to use

http://www.altaro.com/hyper-v/using-disk2vhd-for-physical-to-virtual-conversions-p2v/.

However, the recommended method of MOVING Active Directory Server is

1. Create a new virtual server.
2. Promote to Domain Controller.
3. Transfer the FSMO roles.
4. As you have file shares, you would need to transfer the shares and data as well.

This is recommended by Micrsoft as Best Practice.

Do you only have a single Domain Controller?
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by:Anthony H.
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bad storage controller battery,, bad fan. no HD issues that i know of.
the problem is that server has critical software that can't be migrated to a new box. so that's why i need to virtualize the 2003 server on new hardware.
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by:Anthony H.
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does that make sense? anything else i should know?
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Single DC?

Then go for it....do it at a quiet time out of hours with no users on network.
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by:Anthony H.
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yes. it's for only 7 users. pretty basic setup. i'll give it a shot and then report back early next week.
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Okay complete the Disk2VHD with all users off and create your VM and then power down physical and never turn on again

Turn on VM add IP address to VM
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