To be more specific, I have:
1. One (old, underpowered) machine with SBS 2003 R2 as domain controller, running Exchange
2. One (really old, really underpowered) machine with Windows Server 2003 running as external web server
I would like to consolidate these via Windows Server 2008 (HyperV) on new hardware. Is the following the correct plan:
A. Install Windows Server 2008 on new machine and join old domain
B. Install System Center VMM 2008 on new machine
C. P2V on each server, above.
D. Power off each server (assuming no traffic in the meantime; I can guarantee that)
E. Start two guests on new machine with each server inside
Will there be any chicken/egg issues with host being part of AD but DC and AD guests within VM on that host?
(One alternative would be to add the new machine as a backup DC, promote it, and then being with (C), above, but that's yucky).
How did this go for? I am likely going to be doing the same exact thing you are in a couple of weeks
My main concern is SCVMM's need to be joined to the domain. After you have completed the P2V's you will essentially be booting a member server (the host) before you boot up the domain controller (now a VM.) Ultimately this probably isn't a big deal but I don't know the in's and out's of SCVMM too well so I can't be sure.
My thought was to possibly make SCVMM a VM itself?
I would really perfer to just use SCVMM as a vehicle for the transfer and then get rid of it, but I have read some things that suggest SCVMM needs to keep running or the VMs you've converted will have issues? Any chance you can confirm or deny that?
thanks & best of luck