Convert a physical server to a virtual machine

I have a older Windows 2008 R2 server box that I want to convert to a virtual server on a Windows 2008 R2 host.

What is the best and easiest way to do this?
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Raymond HarrisInfrastructure ManagerCommented:
The Easiest way would be to use VMware Converter and use the P2V function. You can either pull it from another machine or you install Vmware converter on said machine and 'push' it onto a host as a VM.
GerhardpetAuthor Commented:
I don't have a VMware. My host is a Windows 2008 R2
Jo_WickermanCommented:
Hi Gerhardpet,

For Windows, I would recommend this post:

http://www.serverwatch.com/server-tutorials/how-to-convert-a-physical-computer-to-a-virtual-machine.html

Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Jo
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The easiest method to do this for Hyper-V is to use  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1.

This OS is not an OEM version ?

Please see my EE Article, with Step by Step Instructions and screen shots.

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE to Hyper-V -  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1


HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

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GerhardpetAuthor Commented:
No it is not OEM. Will that be a problem?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No, perfectly fine, follow my Article.
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