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    Step-By-Step: Virtualize a physical machine using Disk2VHD

    December 3, 2017 no comment

    We recently virtualized a Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (SBS2008) from an aging machine to a VM hosted by a new replacement server. The steps can be helpful for other physical to virtual conversions. The tool we used was Disk2VHD.

    • Check file system using “SFC /SCANNOW” and “CHKDSK C: /F”, and reboot the server
    • Run “VSSADMIN LIST WRITERS” to make sure all is good
    • Stop the following services on the server
      Exchange
      SharePoint
    • Run “DISK2VHD” to convert all local volumes to a single VHDX file
      Save the file directly to the new server via network, or a USB3.0 hard drive
    • Create a VM (Hyper-V Generation 1) on the new server (the host)
      Assign the same amount of logical processors and RAM as the old server
      Attach the VHDX file
      Create a virtual switch and attach
    • Power off the old server
    • Power on the VM
      It may take a few minutes before Ctrl+Alt+Del responds
    • Fine tune the VM –
      Configure the network adapter with the same settings from the old server
      Run “Connect to the Internet” wizard
      Uninstall all unneeded software, such as Dell Open Manage Administrator
      Remove all non-present devices –
      SET DEVMGR _SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1 (do not close the cmd prompt window)
      Device Manager | View | Show hidden devices
    • Activate Windows
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