Creating a test environment within Microsoft Servers 2003/2008

I wanted to create a lab/test environment with my current work environment and needed some assistance.  We're not allowed to install anything on our servers, which is going to make this task difficult.  I recently purchased a laptop to be able to do this, but I'm running into issues.
uppercut7141Asked:
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bluemercuryCommented:
Hi there. I'd be happy to give some pointers on this. What issues have to run in to? What OS is running on your laptop, and what OSs are you looking to run as part of your lab?

Your best bet, as a starting point, is to get setup with a decent virtualisation product, to run multiple instances of OSs from your laptop. the best free / opensource product is VirtualBox, which can be downloaded for multiple platforms (Win / Mac / Linux) from here:

https://www.virtualbox.org/
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
Hello,

I have a HP ENVY dv4 Notebook PC and I've tried running both Hyper-V and Server 2008 r2 and Server 2012 from vmplayer/vmworkstation, and Oracle's vm, but continue to have issues.

I've like to keep my current OS for my notebook, but just virtualize the DEV environment.
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Sainyam AggarwalSr. IT Support EngineerCommented:
HI,

You still did not explain about the issues, until you let us know what issues you are facing how we would recommend you the fix.

Since you have already tried all good visualization technology, we can only help to fix your issues in anyone of them.

According to me, virtualbox and Hyper-v are best way to visualization and create test environment.
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
I should probably clear something up, my mistake.

I want to basically start off at testing/learning Server 2008/Server 2012 on possibly a couple of machines and then move up to creating a lap enviornment.   I presently have Win8.1 installed on my laptop and wanted to do this.  Don't think if I would need Vmware or Hyper-V, I believe.

Lastly, is there a way to copy a physical server and convert it to a virtual machine without installing the software or agent on the physical machine?  My present employers does not want IT to install any unauthorized software/agent on the network.
I know, the question is a bit strange.

Thanks!
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
Here is the error I receive when attempting to install 2008 server.  Don't know why I can't figure this out.  Does anyone have a tutorial that walks me through the process?Error-on-2008-Virtual-Box.jpg
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
More screenshotsError-2.jpgerror-3.jpg
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
error-4.jpg
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
Anyone know why this is not working?
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rindiCommented:
First, which edition of Windows 8.1 are you using? Hyper-V requires you to have at least the 64bit edition of Windows 8.1 Pro, but if you can you should use Hyper-V, as you'll get better performance with it when compared to VirtualBox or VMware Player/Workstation. Besides, also your PC will need to support SLAT and virtualization, which probably needs to be enabled within the BIOS, as those features are usually disabled by default. Another thing, in order to run several VM's simultaneously you will need plenty of RAM. It seems your laptop comes with only 6GB by default, and that is definitely not enough.

Then, are you sure you are installing the 32 bit version of 2008 server, and not 2008 r2, which only comes as a 64 bit OS? If it is either the 64 bit version of 2008 server, or if it is 2008 r2 server, you will need to change the settings in the VM to a Windows 64 bit version.
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
OK,

So here's my laptops configuration:

I have Win8.1
Processor:  Intel (R) Core (TM) i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz
8.00 GB of RAM
64-bit OS, x64-based processor


Will this work?
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rindiCommented:
If it's just the standard Windows 8.1 edition, and not at least Windows 8.1 Professional, you can't use Hyper-V.

But you can use VirtualBox, the performance just won't be as good as it would be with Hyper-V, as that is a type 1 hypervisor, while VirtualBox is just a type 2 hypervisor.

You still haven't tols us exactly which revision of 2008 server you want to run as a VM. As I mentioned above, if it is a 64 bit version, then you will also have select a 64 bit version in the General, Version option when you setup the VM. In your screenshot you selected a 32 bit version of the OS.
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
I believe that the software I have on CD/DVD is a 64 bit 2008 R2 server and the options I see on virtualbox are all 32 bit.  Maybe this is the problem.  I believe that's what you are saying.  

Better find a 2008 server OS (32 bit).
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rindiCommented:
If I'm not mistaken, you must enable your CPU's VT technologies within the BIOS (Usually that is disabled by default), in order to get the 64 bit versions of Windows available inside VirtualBox.
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
Anyone know how to enable the CPU's VT technologies?
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rindiCommented:
You have to go into the BIOS for that. There it depends, as BIOSes are different. Also, your PC probably uses an UEFI mainboard, and I don't have any such boards so I can't look for something similar.
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uppercut7141Author Commented:
We'll I did turn on the VT technology feature and I now can see the 2008 64-bit option, however, I'm still getting the same errors as before.
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David ToddSenior DBACommented:
Hi,

http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/jonathan/category/building-a-test-environment/

While this is a SQL test cluster, it uses VirtualBox for VMs. It might assist you solving this issue, or give an alternative scenario that you could try.

HTH
  David
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rindiCommented:
How are you installing the OS in the VM, and at what step do you get that error? Which version of VirtualBox are you using? I've just installed a 2008r2 VM on a Windows 7 Pro PC running VirtualBox V4.3.12 r93733 without any issues at all.

You also mention you had problems with VMware Player? What problems did you have there?
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