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  • Hello, Please bear with me because I am fairly new to virtualization in general.

    I am attempting to virtualize a windows server 2012 r2 so that I may run it from a hyper visor host on a separate server, what is the best way to create a .vhd or .vhdx file from a live physical machine? I understand there is a tool called sysinternals disk2vhd, but this particular tool has thus far not worked for me, are there any other alternative method for accomplishing this task?

    Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:43 PM


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  • Something here may help.

    but the recommeded / cleaner / safer method is to stand up a new instance at destination, patch it fully and migrate the roles or applications over to it.


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    Thursday, July 11, 2019 6:48 PM
  • Hi,

    Good Day! And thanks for posting in our forum!

    >> what is the best way to create a .vhd or .vhdx file from a live physical machine?

    disk2vhd is a good way. But you said it is useless for you.

    So, for this situation, I think the better way is spin up a new server then restore files to it and finally copy over those which have changed? You get a better OS that won't be end of life soon, you get to test out your restore process and you don't have all the oddities that a P2V will bring.

    Hope this can help you, please feel free to let me know if you have any other question.



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    Friday, July 12, 2019 1:38 AM