Virtualisation

If I have a Windows server, and say some drives in the server are displaying as faulty and as a precaution I want to virtualize the OS and move it to a Windows 7 machine for example, how would I go about this. The virtualization part I gather is pretty simple using a virtualization  tool, but how could I get it running in say a Windows 7 machine ?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You really need to provide more information.

For example, What server OS is it?  Are you running Windows 7 home or Pro?  Why not replace the failing drives?!?!?  What virtualization solution did you want to use?  Virtual PC, Virtual Box?  Hyper-V? VMWare?  Xen? etc.?
discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
OS is 2012, replacing the drives will be done and on order, but my thoughts were what if the server went down whilst awaiting the drives. Hyperv would be the virtualization. Is it just a question of installing HyperV on another well specked machine and importing the .vhd file ?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
how could I get it running in say a Windows 7 machine ?
Hyper-V is a Type 1 hypervisor - you cannot run it on Windows 7

Short Term, Make a FULL BACKUP of the server.  Then use Disk2VHD to copy all hard drives to an external disk (Disk2VHD is NOT a supported P2V tool - BUT it often works fine.  I'm NOT advocating it be used in this manner as your first choice, but as a "backup" method, it can help ensure your network survives.

Setup Hyper-V on a DIFFERENT system and perform a MIGRATION to that system (ASSUMING you are not using an OEM license of SBS - Which CANNOT be moved).  Once the Migration to a VM is complete, GET RID of your old server - wipe the drives.  (I assume you know the proper steps in a migration?)  Once you have your new drives in place, rebuild the server as a hyper-V host and move the SBS VM onto the hardware.  Done.

NOTE: If you are forced to bring up the SBS Disk2VHD copy as a VM, MAKE SURE - ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN - the PHYSICAL SERVER is OFFLINE and NEVER comes up again.

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discoveranotherAuthor Commented:
Yes they are the steps I expected. I have used Disk2VHD before and imported into hyperv, but not set it up as in the above scenario. Will give that ago.
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