Need to create a VM from Windows 2000  Server

Mark Litin
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I would like to create a VM from a Windows 2000 Server that houses an antiquainted application engine that uses Sql Server 2000 as a repository.  The application is necessary to access the first several years of structured information from their business.

What I'm looking for is a way to create a VM of this system and run it in the same Hyper-V environment housing a VM of the client side of this application.  I used DISK2VHD to make the VM of the client side, but needed to upgrade the client from XP to Windows 7 before DISK2VHD would run.  I understand DISK2VHD requires VSS which didn't come into play until xp and Server 2003.

What would recommend as a procedure to follow to accomplish this?

Thanks!
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
You can try taking the drive out of its current server and installing it into a system with Server 2003 or later on it, then Disk2VHD the Windows 2000 drive that way. Just make sure you have Windows 2000 updated to SP4 before doing this. Also, the mouse won't work once Windows 2000 gets converted to a VM because the VM Integration tools won't run on Server 2000. https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/415.hyper-v-vm-connection-keyboard-shortcuts.aspx has some keyboard shortcuts that can help you navigate the OS in the Hyper-V console.
Mark LitinOwner

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Thanks, Adam

It'll be difficult to load to drive into another box 'cuase it's a RAID 5 incorporating 4 disks.  That's one of the reasons I want to virtualize it - to get it off the old server. into a form to freeze it in time and protect it in multiple ways.

Cheers!
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
You can use Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter for Physical 2 Virtual (P2V conversion):

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/tommypatterson/2014/10/14/microsoft-virtual-machine-converter-3-0-is-available-for-download-p2v-support-added/

How to Convert Physical Computers to Virtual Machines by Using VMM

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh427286(v=sc.12).aspx
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Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Well, that's a problem, then. Might be possible to take a drive image and put that on a single disk, then disk2vhd that, but there's a really good chance that will corrupt things.

You could also try adding another disk to the physical server, installing a newer version of windows on it in a dual boot setup (windows 7 and later will work for this) and disk2vhd from there.

It'll be a complicated vm setup no matter how you approach it, though. Might be easier to build the vm from scratch and migrate data.
Top Expert 2015

Commented:
Can you take the machine offline?  If so, I have had many success in P2V using backup software (Acronis) that support baremetal and restore to dissimilar hardware.  In my case the backup software also support the P2V conversion.

Alternatively, you can also use Paragon Virutalization Manager: https://www.paragon-software.com/home/vm-professional/
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Commented:
I'm afraid you are going to struggle with modern software listed above, and Windows 2000.

You will have to convert it old school using a Technique called Ultimate P2V.

http://searchvmware.techtarget.com/tip/Ultimate-P2V

This allowed us to P2V servers at the time, e.g. WIndows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000.
Mark LitinOwner

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Thanks all for your excellent advice.  I will be visiting the client this week and take stock of what would be practical for them.

I will update everyone upon doing so.

Thanks again.

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