P to V; Drive C, Drive D RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like to virtualize a physical server that has both a C: and D: drive.

    My question is, once in the VM, will they still have C: and D: as drives?

    Also as a followup, since the server I am going to use as the VM host is the one currently hosting the physical server, I had planned to just use the .VHD that Server Backup creates. Is that the best route?

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 12:11 AM

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  • If you virtualise the existing server and convert both C: and D: drives then those will also show up on the new VM you create, so a virtualised server will continue to run exactly like it did when it was still physical.

    Unfortunately you can't use a server backup vhd as they're not bootable volumes so won't work as a VM disk.

    If you're using VMM then that can handle doing the conversion, See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764232.aspx for details.

    Otherwise you'll probably want to look at disk2vhd to do the conversion for both disks. You can download it from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx and there's a good step by step guide to using it to convert your machine here http://blog.thefullcircle.com/2011/05/hyper-v-p2v-using-disk2vhd/.

    Saturday, September 21, 2013 8:31 PM
  • Keith,

    Looks like disk2vhd is out, it's got a size limit and I've got 700 GB to virtualize.

    Since I am trying to virtualize a physical server and then use that server to host the virtual machines, would I run VMM on another server? if so do I just move over the VMM when I'm done?


    Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:07 AM