File Server migration on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Dear EE's

I am looking forward for some advices to migrate File server from existing one to different machine, probably to a virtual machine.

Here the difficult part is so many users are connected with their shared files and folders, some with iscsi connectivity with vhd's.

is there anyway to migrate all from server side alone without interrupting clients side.??

I look forward for the expert advices.

 (I am actually migrating to the windows server 2008 r2 itself, cause of migration is due to lot of bugs and suspecting virus/malware attacks. as well as existing server hardware is going to re-deploy with Idera Backup server.)

Thanks
Shamil
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Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAsked:
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffConnect With a Mentor Systems AnalystCommented:
I used it on my 2003 R2 server. They call it Hard Disk Manager 14 Premium now.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
you are actually looking for a P2V solution which converts a physical computer into a virtual machine with all OS, applications and data are kept as it is.

the solution depends on your virtualisation platform such as VMware or Hyper-V, as you need different utility to build the target VM.

you may simply seach "P2V site:vmware.com" or "P2V site:microsoft.cim" for their product pages and whitepapers in order to have a basic understanding on this.
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Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
thank you
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Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
anyone please help me by getting me steps for migrating windows server 2008 r2 physical to windows server 2008 r2 virtual.

thank you

Shamil
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Thomas Zucker-ScharffSystems AnalystCommented:
Paragon Disk Suite has an excellent P2V solution.  It will create a snapshot of your physical machine for use in a virtual machine.  If I recall correctly it also asks the type of VM you are going to use.
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Shamil MohamedIT Infrastructure Engineer/IT Systems ManagerAuthor Commented:
but paragon disk suite only works in Client OS's.. Mine is Server 2008 R2.
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