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SBS 2008 restore to Hyper-V VM

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Hello,
I want to follow up on this question here.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/SBS_Small_Business_Server/Q_25149237.html

Assuming, I have made a Backup of my physical Server and I want to a) test the Backup with a restore and b) find a way to virtualize this server this way.


At the moment I have created a virtual machine and adapted the disks to accommodate the data from the restore. The restore succeeded, but the server cannot boot correctly. The Directory seems to be damaged. :(
Did I miss something?
Is there a whitepaper to follow so that I can safely test the Backup?

Thank you!
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The best and more efficent way to convert your Physical machine to VM (P2V) using Hyper-V is SCVMM (system center virtual machine manager). You can easily do this from a console level and ensuring that you are following the correct steps everything should go as planned.

Below is a link which describes how to exactly accomplish this and also how the mechanics work while it is doing the converting. Great read..

SCVMM P2V - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764232.aspx

Will.
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Thank you for the link. Seeing that I already have SCVMM in use, I will consider it a valuable option.

Without having read through the whole the article, is there a way to P2V a machine to produce a testing environment for a potential upgrade to Server 2012 R2 Essentials?

Thanks in Advance!
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If you are looking for something that does this as a "standalone" kind of like VMware P2V standalone converter you can you a product called Disk2Vhd. You can then create a VHD file and then put it in an isolated environment where you can then test your upgrade to 2012.

Disk2VHD Download - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

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I managed to do (an unsupported, but nevertheless working) online P2V with SCVMM.
This is great for my testing environment, but I still do not know if the restore process works.

My only try to restore via the Windows Setup > Repair Computer method does work in general, but I seem to be stuck with a BlueScreen boot loop. Is there a way to restore a backup of a physical SBS 2008 Machine into a VM?

I'm asking explicitely about that, because my customer wants to have confirmation that the Backup is okay (and I don't have any Server Hardware to play with...)

Thanks!
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Part of my question remains unanswered, but I got a lead, that will work for my customer...
Thanks!
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