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Converting DNS Server and DFS Target System to Virtual Machine

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Hey Guys...going to start from scratch and make main DNS and DFS namespace Server into vm...

So i created VM with Disks....question how would i go about converting this being it is main dfs system..here is my logic to do it but if anyone can give me real world experience as to how to do it without losing data...

FIrst going to Transfer roles to secondary DNS Server then...
 i am going to demote physical main file server and rename to something else and then change IP Address...then on VM i am going to give it same name and IP address as physical machine was and then promote to DNS Server...add all roles with DFS...then i am going to use the Server migration toolkit and transfer all Shares over from Physical to virtual....does this sound correct....

did this a few years ago but didnt have dfs involved..so not sure of correct practice...any help is appreciated.....
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by:Brad Bouchard
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did this a few years ago but didnt have dfs involved..so not sure of correct practice...any help is appreciated.....
Although I can't speak as much on this I can say that I think you are going about it in a manner that is too complicated.

Simply convert your server from physical to virtual (are you using Hyper-V, VMware, or Citrix?) and then worry about your DFS config.  It's too much work and you are missing steps (such as deleting computer/machine account from AD in between removing it from the network and rejoining it) that would create some problems in between.

Need more info?  Let me know, thanks.
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yes need alot more information...using vmware...have 10 servers and converted all but this one wont convert for some reason...tried vmware converter, BESR, Sanxfer, bunch of different ones...when booting VM it fails...so i am going to do it the old fashion way which i hate...

After i de-authenticate DNS i was going into dns, ad and remove...what would be the proper steps to complete this the easiest and safest way..thanks for your help..
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First, we should try to get the conversion working.  Tell me where it fails at because I have good experience and knowledge with VMware and I've found the converter to be one of the best tools I've ever used.

If it doesn't work I can give you step by step instructions for you 2nd scenario.
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well the conversion completes %100....but when i go to boot up the virtual machine i get a blue screen stating that it could find something...i forget...but the conversion does complete successfully..
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Let me know what it couldn't find, I see errors like that a lot and it's almost definitely something you can tweak or fix.
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okay will have to recreate tonight and let you know....
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the error message is.....Directory Service could not start because the following error....they system could not find the specified file...but there is no file listed.....thanks for any help...conversion did complete %100 though...
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unbelievable..worked....drive was offline.....who knew.....you rock..thanks....
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Anytime my friend.
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