Convert physical SBS 2008 server to virtual
Posted on 2014-11-20
Perhaps someone has seen this issue.
First we had a physical hardware server with SBS 2008 Server installed using an OEM license key. This key was purchased when the server was initially installed and supports the full server installation.
After a few years the hardware the server was one went bad, but the actual server installation was still great and we wanted to rescue the installation / configuration.
The server was converted from physical into a virtual server, vhd file, and moved into a new server hardware that runs Hyper-V instead.
1) When just pressing Activate server an error box apperars saying Reinstall windows.
2) When trying to change product key and activate another box says wrong product key.
3) When entering phone activation and trying this procedure the installaton ID appears as 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 which we cannot use.
After spending 2 hrs in misc Microsoft support numbers, nobody appears to be able to manage this in activation - just referencing to open a Support case.
Can someone help?