Exchange 2007 Virtualization

I have been attempting a P2V of Exchange 2007 running on Server 2008 R2. (Hyper-V on 2008 R2 Server, conversion done by MVMC.) Exchange Program Files & all other files are on the data partition (D: ). I've successfully P2V'ed the C: drive, but the D: drive has not been allowing it. Our backup captures an image that we can mount and browse to in Windows Explorer. If I create a new VHD and then copy and paste the data to D:, with the registry all on C:, should it run Exchange?
jconklin-ansinc-netAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, if it's identical to the original setup. (this is absolutely crucial!)

I would ensure you have a backup, when ALL the Exchange Services are STOPPED.

If your backup of D: is different to the logs/info in Exchange on C:, it will not start.

So stop all Exchange services on source server, P2V the C: drive, then backup and restore your D: drive to a VHD....

Restore to your new VM, and start services, ensure the old server is now turned off shutdown, retired, and never turned on again!)

or recommended method by Microsoft....create a new VM, Exchange 2007, and then transfer the mailboxes, and then decommission the old one!)
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jconklin-ansinc-netAuthor Commented:
The program files for Exchange are all on D so hopefully not an issue. I will be doing this over the weekend, will let you know if it is successful.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Good Luck...(make sure you have a full backup!)
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jconklin-ansinc-netAuthor Commented:
This worked, thanks!
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