P2V to Hyper-V without scvmm?


  • Hello.

    I just found a really old topic with links to so I thought I'd start a new one.

    We have a customer who has 3 old servers running 2003 R2 and currently planning on moving over to a Small business installation with hyper-v and P2V those old servers. But how can we convert those physical servers without having to buy and install scvmm? Is there no free or standalone tools to do this job? is disk2vhd unspupported?

    Thank you in advance

    Regards Per-Torben Sørensen

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:34 AM


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  • You can use the free VMware Standalone Converter Using this will convert your physical machines to VMware format, but then you can use disk2VDH or StarWind V2V Converter to convert from VMware format to Hyper-V.

    Adrian Costea - MCP, MCTS, MCSA 2003, MCITP: Windows 7

    My Blog:

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:22 AM
  • Hi,
    Many guys in this forum used disk2vhd to perform 2 P2V, so you can use it too. However, there is no support for it.
    You will be able to get these description from the following link.
    Support Services
    Because this software is "as is," we may not provide support services for it.

    Vincent Hu

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 9:35 AM
  • This was also recently covered here:

    Brian Ehlert (hopefully you have found this useful)
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    Thursday, February 23, 2012 3:42 PM
  • Brian's link and explanation for each method is pretty much bang on.

    The big question around using Disk2VHD is in the products running on the physical server.

    Some products, like Exchange and SQL, do not work well with a VSS live snapshot (as I understand it) and can break when restored.

    Do a test run with Disk2VHD to make sure nothing breaks. We have done P2Vs for SBS 2003 (runs Exchange 2003 and SQL Express/Full) without a hiccup but some LoBs go sideways.

    Also, we use a third party product called ShadowProtect by StorageCraft to do P2Vs to avoid the black screen/BSOD situation that can happen.

    See our blog post for some methodology tips:

    Note that any imaging product that supports injection of new drivers during the restore process (Hardware Independent Restore) can follow the above methodology.

    Philip Elder SBS MVP Blog:

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 7:05 PM