How to make a physical Windows 2003 server virtual in Hyper-V on a Windows 10 client

Hello all,

I need to make a physical 2003 server virtual on a Windows 10 client. I already installed Hyper-V. Do I need to use disk2vhd?
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Disk2VHD is one software product you can try, which will give you the VHD you require.  Then you need to copy the VHD to the server (Hyper-V - Windows 10 PC) and create a virtual machine, Generation 1, and add the VHD you have created.

see here

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AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Are there better options perhaps?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not with 2003 it's old OS and no longer supported should have been migrated many years ago
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What would "better" mean to you? Anything insatisfactory about disk2vhd?
You can simply clone the drive into a VHD - many imaging solutions support that - still, the rest of the process is the same, so why care?
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I would like to know "better" options just to find out what options I have and at what point to use which options. Just in case AND to get the best result. I am going to try DISK2VHD.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not sure you have many options other than Disk2VHD because the Windows 2003 OS is not supported...

but hey here you go...

HOW TO: Migrate physical, virtual and cloud based workloads with real-time replication to VMware vSphere (ESXi) using Double-Take MOVE

Same product works with Hyper-V

The supported method of P2V... using MVMC

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE to Hyper-V -  Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

HOW TO: Convert a physical server or virtual server (P2V/V2V) to Microsoft Hyper-V using Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.1

and another option

HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).

but your mileage is going to vary because of the old unsupported Windows 2003 OS.

and then you have the options to convert to a VMware vSphere (ESXi) server, and then Convert to Hyper-V

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

and then use Starwind V2V Converter -

All of the above are EE Articles written by me, Tutorials, with Step by Step instructions, targeted at the novice.

You've also got Acronis, Paragon, Symantec, Veeam and many other Third Party P2V packages as well.
AgrippaSenior IT ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Worked with Disk2VHD, thankx!
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