P2V Server 2000 SP4 - VMWARE does not make available ESXI 4.X anymore

I can find a way to virtualize a Server 2000  

ESXI does not make available a P2V like 4.01 and version 6  and 5.5.x have removed support for Server 2000

Isn't the bread and butter of VMWARE Legacy?  

how can I virtualize a mission critical Server 2000?:   Should I switch to Hyper-V?

Any help would be great
jduczmanAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Have you tried VMware Converter Standalone (VMware Downloads) to convert the machine? It might work. Windows 2000 would not be described as mission critical anymore by a lot of people.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need an old version of VMware Converter which supports 2000.

This is not available anymore on VMware site.

But you can Google for it.

Try version 3.0.3 or 4.x.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Should I switch to Hyper-V?

hyper-v doesn't support anything older than windows 7 so that won't work for you
xp and vista should work but microsoft doesn't support it so highly doubt 2000 would work
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 2000 works fine on VMware Workstation (I have it running) and should also work on ESX.

VMware Converter will convert the machine, but Andrew is correct about needing an older version.  

I have Converter V5 installed on my Windows 10 machine and the farthest back I go is V4. You may need V3 for Windows 2000.
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jduczmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all your input...

The issue is finding the old converter..   It looks like it has been scrubbed from the internet :(  
When you try the links even within VMware that say version 4.0.1 it then links you to 6.00 that does NOT work.  

I really think VMWARE is shooting themselves in the foot.

If you happen to find a link that actually has a copy of the 4.0.1 converter let me know..

Thanks again for all your input.   Great team on Experts Exchange!  I am glad I am a member
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I found VMware Converter, the other week via a Google in 30 seconds.

VMware Converter...
The reason why VMware removed support from Converter, is because they cannot support the Windows 2000 OS, because support has ended by the vendor e.g. Microsoft.

VMware had a purge, and removed all legacy software, for all products.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Convertor V5 won't convert such an old system so V6 won't either. I don't think (copyright) we can upload old versions.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No Expert is allowed to distribute software, they have no distribution rights for!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you happen to find a link that actually has a copy of the 4.0.1 converter let me know..

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1 Build 161434 suitable for Windows 2000 SP4

The above was found from Googling.... it's from an unknown source on the internet, so standard disclaimer applies, check for trojan, virus before using. (I will not be held responsible!)

Please also read my EE Article

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

if you should have issues with your P2V, this will require a new question troubleshooting the issue.
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jduczmanAuthor Commented:
I will try it and let you know the full path to completion to post on the site.

Thanks Andrew
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Handy for other's I'm sure....

Have you used Converter before ?

here's an article which shows the workflow, step by step tutorial ...

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
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jduczmanAuthor Commented:
Oh Yes I have done around 6 or so...  

For the most part it works nicely!  

There are a few things you have to do after
1)Reactivate WIndows if using a NON KMS or the like Volume license.
2)You have to cleanup hidden devices that are no longer in PC like the network card
3)You may have to remove some services/software that were hardware dependant.

Things like this...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
All mentioned in my Articles! (with scripts that do it for you automatically!)

We would expect to take between 1-2 hours Post P2V, to make machines ready for VM, but many do not do this or bother!
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