SB server 2008 hard drive failing

Hello,

I have a dedicated old small business server 2008 that is mission critical and I believe the hard drive is about to fail. disk read and queue errors. it is also saying the drive is full although the readout in disk manager is saying i have over a GB of free space. I do have bare metal backup.

I have a new server 2012 r2 standard that is running in esxi6.0 but the mission critical software application on sbserver 2008 is not compatible with 2012.

server 2012 r2 is consuming the entire datastore in vmware and I do not have phyical access for a day to add an iscsi in wmare.

Is it possible to safely shrink the datastore dedicated to server 2012 so build a new vm for server 2008?

If not, is it possible to install virtualbox on the server 2012 and migrate the old sb server 2008 to the virtualbox vm using a bare metal backup?

Thanks
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rindiCommented:
Why don't you just replace the bad disk with a new enterprise class disk of the same type from your server manufacturer, allow the RAID array to rebuild, and your done?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, you could shrink the existing Windows 2012 Virtual Machine Disk, by performing a V2V, see my EE Article which covers this...

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2

or if you are brave....

HOW TO: Shrink a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) in 15 minutes

and then when you have freed up the datastore, you could also then P2V the SBS server from physical to virtual.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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Mr TorturSystem EngineerCommented:
Hi,
from what I understand you want to get rid of your SBS2008 hardware because it is old and with almost no space left.
But you don't have space on your ESXi too.
You could try Andrew Hancock solution to shrink your 2012 VM, if you think that the reclaimed space would be enough. But as you see in its article this is a little risky.
Or you could do the V2V of your 2012 VM (less risky) also suggested by Andrew but you will need some target space to migrate to..

If you don't want to take any risk (for example you are unsure of your backup) the only solution I see is to add more disk space to your ESXi : add new drives (locally or in your san I don't know what you have) to the existing datastore or create a new one.
GetDuplicatedAuthor Commented:
I contacted the remote site and was able to add cisco iscsi drive. Thanks
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