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Is it possible to image, or move a physical Windows 2000 Server (along with installed application) to a VMware vsphere server?
The reason is an app is running on our Windows 2000 server and we need the data from the application which is running on the windows 2000 box and to move everything to new hardware.

I was hoping that some sort of DR software or imaging software would do the trick.

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points (awarded by participants)
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Is it possible to image, or move a physical Windows 2000 Server (along with installed application) to a VMware vsphere server?

Yes, you need to use a SUPPORTED version of VMware Converter. (an OLD version, version 3.03, or 4.3). You will need to use Google to find these versions as the current version 6.1 available from VMware has removed support for Windows 2000, it is over 16 years old, and many of us, migrated and P2V Windows 2000, many years ago!

and also retired the OS.

See my EE Articles

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0

So in Summary, download the correct version of VMware Converter. Also the other issue you will experience, is the old versions of Converter (3.03), do not support the current versions of VMware vSphere (ESXi), so you will have to download and install old version of VMware Converter, and then convert to an old version of ESXi 4.0 (available to download if you have access).

and then once you have converted to ESXi 4.0, Export and Import to ESXi 6.0.

It's a long process, but we do it at present for clients, that have not moved with the times.
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You also might look into Microsoft Virtual PC, either the 2004 or 2007 editions.  The emulation speed will not be as snappy as in a VMware server, but it works and it's free.
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@Dr. Klahn

How do you propose to get a physical server running Windows NT into Microsoft Virtual PC, either the 2004 or 2007 editions which do not even exist anymore!

There is no information give, as to how to actually move the Windows NT/Windows 2000 server into a virtual machine, you've just specified an old product by linking to Wikipedia!
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Whoever told you that versions 2004 and 2007 are no longer available was misinformed.  Both versions 2004 and 2007 are still available for download from Microsoft.

Download Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 from microsoft.com

Download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 from microsoft.com

Perhaps you would like to reconsider the phrasing of your objection.  Citing Wikipedia as a source does not make the person citing it less than competent.

Moderators, I suggest that this question be pushed to the RA queue for impartial moderation.
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Better -  you've now provided links to the software, rather than links to Wikipedia.

but your post still does not explain HOW you intend to Physical to Virtual conversion a Windows NT/2000 server to outdated old software!

Also the OP does state moving the Windows NT/2000 server to VMware vSphere, not a Type 2 Hypervisor which is old outdated software.
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