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Clone Windows 2003 SBS into VMware Virtual Machine

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We have a Windows SBS 2003 server still running that is running a vertical no longer supported we currently have our other stuff running off a Suse box which works fine.  We tried to clone it using vmware converter but had some issues when starting up the vm on workstation.

What suggestions do you have for imaging this thing to a virtual machine so we can keep it alive for now until we transition app?  We don't even need domain anymore at this point.

Just looking for the easiest way to do this
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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VMware Converter, if used correctly should work without many issues.

see my EE Article

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
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Hi,

you could read Andrew's article and try again his way, if not already done.

If Converter fails again, and as everybody you don't want, or can't, reinstall and configure everything on a brand new VM, you can also try with bare-metal backup restore using Acronis/BESR AND VMware Converter.
I used to use it a few years before, when nothing work for my P2V :
- boot your old physical machine with an appropriate Acronis or BESR boot CD/DVD and backup your disks >> a sv2i or v2i file is created
- Launch VMware converter again and give him the sv2i backup file to import

If you have issues with converter please tell us which ones and give us some details.
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