How to virtulise a Winn2000 server to run as a VHD on Server2008R2

Hi all
I have a win2000 server running bespoke software that obviously needs to be retired, so I am hoping to create a vhd file of this machine & run it on a 2008R2 server.
Not having done this before I need advice on firstly, can this be done? & secondly how to step through what is required to do this. The Microsoft website is confusing, to say the least.
What software would I need etc. Disk2VHD won't work on 200 as there is no VSS.

Hoping some kind person might be able to enlighten me.


Brian P.
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Take the VMWare vCenter Converter Standalone:

Convert the server remotely and try running it in VM Ware Player, Hyper- V or Virtual Box.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will need to find, the older version of VMware Converter, as the latest versions do not support Windows 2000.

Once you have converted to a VMware Virtual machine, you will need to convert to a VHD, using Starwind V2V converter.

Please also see my other EE Articles on VMware Converter

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
I forgot to mention that you have to download vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0
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SGASAuthor Commented:
Thanks gents - work to do. Will be a couple of days before I can complete - we'll see how I go...

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It may be hard to get such an old version of VMware Converter. VMware took old versions down a while back. I had that version long ago.

Do you have the Windows 2000 CD's?  It may be faster to build a new machine and set it up.

I don't even know if Hyper-V supports Windows 2000 but VMware does. I have a Windows 2000 machine here.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Seek and you will find the version of Converter you need!

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SGASAuthor Commented:
Apologies for taking so long to finalise this issue - I have only been able to work on the client server at weekends when client closed, with a small (repeat small) amount of personal "holiday time" been taken. Being a single person operation doesn't leave much in the way of free time - my bad...

Happy to report a successful outcome, with a virtualised W2K / Exchange Server 2000  providing calendaring function on the Server 2008R2 terminal server machine. I couldn't get Hyper-V to recognise the generated VHDX file so we are using a VM-Player instance to provide the environment with 100% success.

Thank you to Andrew, John & 8046586 (in order of useful suggestion) for guiding me towards this happy conclusion - the client is very happy with what is a necessarily "temporary" fix until a decision is made regarding a future upgrade scenario.

I have to say I am impressed with VM-Ware - no issues experienced with any of the steps, & it runs quite fast on the 2010 vintage hardware.

Once again, thank you to all, & this question will now be closed.

Brian P.
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