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  • How can I convert a Physical Server running Windows NT/2000 to a Virtual Machine (P2V)?

    Thanks in advanced!

     

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 8:57 AM

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  • Hi,

    this will not work in your case as "disk2vhd" relies on VSS (min. Windows Server 2003 and higher) :-( but just to complete the very useful tool list from the colleagues ;-)

    ....very slim but also very powerful "disk2vhd tool" from sysinternal suite http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx the min. OS requirements are:

  • Client: Windows XP SP2 and higher.
  • Server: Windows Server 2003 and higher

    Regards

    Ramazan

  • Marked as answer by Vincent Hu Monday, October 4, 2010 5:25 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2010 7:01 PM

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  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) allows you to convert existing physical computers into virtual machines through a process known as physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion.

    Windows NT is not support using VMM .. for supported OS please check

     Which Physical Computers Can I Convert

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb963740.aspx

    You can try Acronis True Image Server 9.5x. You can create an image file from within Windows or even from the boot disc, then simply use the app to convert that image file to a VHD file ready for VS or HyperV.

    Some useful links

    How to P2V Windows 2000 server using SCVMM 2008

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/pfe-ireland/archive/2009/04/06/scvmm-p2v.aspx

    P2V: Converting Physical Computers to Virtual Machines in VMM

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764232.aspx

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 9:17 AM
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) allows you to convert existing physical computers into virtual machines through a process known as physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion.

    Windows NT is not support using VMM .. for supported OS please check

     Which Physical Computers Can I Convert

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb963740.aspx

    You can try Acronis True Image Server 9.5x. You can create an image file from within Windows or even from the boot disc, then simply use the app to convert that image file to a VHD file ready for VS or HyperV.

    Some useful links

    How to P2V Windows 2000 server using SCVMM 2008

    http://blogs.technet.com/b/pfe-ireland/archive/2009/04/06/scvmm-p2v.aspx

    P2V: Converting Physical Computers to Virtual Machines in VMM

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764232.aspx


    Thanks for answering.

    What Third-Party Tool can I use to convert Windows NT to Virtual?

    Sunday, September 26, 2010 3:15 PM
  • Hi,

    You can use Acronis backup & recovery to create a bootable cd and create a image from you operating system by booting from the cd. After that you can use acronis backup and recovery to convert the image file to a vhd file

    note, acronis is not a free tool, but it works really great on windows 2000 and newer you can create images even if the server is running.


    Regards Ronny
    Sunday, September 26, 2010 3:30 PM
  • You can try different tools

    Platespin PowerConvert – A commercial product that has the broadest operating system support. Supported source operating systems include Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Red Hat and SUSE. Virtual platform support includes VMware Server/Workstation/ESX, Microsoft Virtual Server, XenSource and Virtual Iron. The Acronis True Image, Symantec Ghost and Live state image formats are supported as well. Platespin’s product also converts virtual machines to physical machines.

    Ultimate P2V – A cheaper alternative with some freeware tools such as BartPE, but this product requires an imaging tool such as Symantec Ghost to perform the imaging. It also requires some work to build the boot CD and can be a bit complicated.

    Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit – Only supports Windows NT, 2000 and 2003 source operating systems and only supports Microsoft’s virtual machine as a target format. Free but requires the Automated Deployment Services add-on to Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition. The conversion process is somewhat complicated and may not be a good choice for most users.

    Leostream P>V Direct – I thought I would mention this tool even though Leostream recently dropped this product to focus on other areas. Supports conversion of Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003 source servers to VMware Server/Workstation/ESX, Microsoft VirtualServer and Xen target servers.

    Other useful tools:

    Robocopy - A free tool from Microsoft that is included in the Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit. Simply create a new virtual machine and copy the data from the physical server to the virtual server. Robocopy preserves all the date/time stamps and security when copying data from server to server. This is useful for migrating non-application, file servers where you only care about the data files on the server. Sysprep - A Microsoft tool to prepare an existing server for cloning and restoration from a disk image. NewSID - A Sysinternals utility to change a Windows server’s SID (security identifier) after a server has been cloned.

     

    Imaging tools like Symantec Ghost and Acronis True Image create images of your physical servers. Once completed, you can create a new VM and restore the image to the virtual machine. VMTS.net has a good write-up on the procedure here .

    You can always do a P2V by backing up a physical server using your traditional backup software, creating a new virtual machine, installing the same operating system on the VM and a backup agent, and then performing a restore from the backup taken of the physical server. Not the cleanest method for doing a P2V but can be used as a cheap alternative to other tools.

     

    But for certain servers, it is less risky and just as easy to build a new server and migrate the data to it. Examples of this include SQL Servers and Domain Controllers. It’s a simple process to build a new virtual machine, install the operating system, dcpromo it and then shutdown your physical domain controllers. Likewise, building a new virtual SQL server then detaching the databases from a physical SQL server and attaching them to the virtual one is an easy process and reduces the risk of data corruption that can occur during the P2V cloning process.

    Source

    • Marked as answer by efebo Monday, September 27, 2010 2:47 AM
    • Unmarked as answer by efebo Monday, September 27, 2010 2:47 AM
    • Proposed as answer by M Fawzi Monday, September 27, 2010 8:16 AM
    Sunday, September 26, 2010 4:46 PM
  • Hi,

    this will not work in your case as "disk2vhd" relies on VSS (min. Windows Server 2003 and higher) :-( but just to complete the very useful tool list from the colleagues ;-)

    ....very slim but also very powerful "disk2vhd tool" from sysinternal suite http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx the min. OS requirements are:

  • Client: Windows XP SP2 and higher.
  • Server: Windows Server 2003 and higher

    Regards

    Ramazan

  • Marked as answer by Vincent Hu Monday, October 4, 2010 5:25 AM
Sunday, September 26, 2010 7:01 PM
  • Put the nt/2000 disk into a xp SP2 or later operating system as a 2nd disk.

    Then use disk2vhd utility to create the VHD :)

    • Proposed as answer by Robiom Friday, January 27, 2012 4:10 AM
    Friday, January 27, 2012 4:10 AM