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P2V Windows 2000 Server

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  • I would like to p2V a Windows 2000 SP4 running on a Dell PE 750. I have searched many forums and no one seems to have an answer to do this and suggest other ways to get around this, right on MS documentation it shows that an offline conversion is supported. I don't plan on upgrading Server software and I do not want to do a backup/restore to new image.

    Information I am looking for

    What Host OS and Hyper-V version do I need to do this with?

    Where can I find step by step instructions?

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 6:29 PM

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  • Back in the day PlateSpin were the only option for 'P2V'.

    P2V of 'old' operating systems is actually very complex, due to the OS not handling device and hardware changes (like current OS versions do).

    There is no free tool that will give you much success, but instead long hours of pain.

    Now, you can use the Windows Server Backup and restore process.  The same process that you used with 2000 and 2003 to move a server to new hardware and carry forward the installed applications and system settings.

    Backup, install OS on new hardware (VM in this case), restore into new OS install / new hardware.

    The version o Hyper-V does not matter.   Why?  You may ask.  Because Server 2000 was never a supported OS.  So there are no integration components - all devices must be emulated.

    Also, be sure that your application can handle running in a VM.  There are cases where these old legacy systems depend on some hardware component, or are exclusively single threaded.  Both of which don't do well in a VM.


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    • Proposed as answer by Tim CerlingMVP Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:21 PM
    Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:51 PM
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  • Hi RPCurranIT,

    Please refer to following link to P2V win2000 server :

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

    If you want to run virtualized win2000 SP4 on hyper-v , the host server should be win2008/R2 :

    note:" Support for Windows 2000 Server and Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (x86) ended on July 13, 2010. "

    http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc794868(WS.10).aspx

     

    "Offline P2V is the only option for Windows 2000 Server conversion"

    For details please refer to the article below :

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

    Best Regards

    Elton Ji


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    Friday, June 6, 2014 7:37 AM
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  • Hi,

    you can do a online conversion of a Win 2000 SP4.
    But you need to convert it two times.

    At first step convert the Win 2000 by using a old version of the VMware converter (that supports Win2000) to a vmdk file.

    Then convert the vmdk file to a vhd file. There are many converters for this.

    Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter Solution Accelerator
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34591

    StarWind V2V Converter
    http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter

    Hope that helps

    Reagards

    Sebastian


    • Edited by SebVe Friday, June 6, 2014 12:20 PM
    • Proposed as answer by SebVe Friday, June 6, 2014 3:34 PM
    Friday, June 6, 2014 8:50 AM
  • First off, please be aware that Hyper-V 2012/R2 does not suppor a guest operating system of windows 2000.

    So if you want to be fully supported your have to run it off Hyper-V 2008R2.

    You can succesfully perfrom the P2V using Disk2Vhd - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

    Just make sure to stop any running services such as SQL before perfroming the P2V to make sure that no Data is changed or updated during the conversion.


    Gil Gross | Technical Lead | G-Net Network Solutions | www.g-net.co.il | plz visit my blog - http://gilgrossblog.wordpress.com

    • Proposed as answer by Gil Gross Friday, June 6, 2014 11:13 AM
    Friday, June 6, 2014 11:13 AM
  • You can succesfully perfrom the P2V using Disk2Vhd - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

    Just make sure to stop any running services such as SQL before perfroming the P2V to make sure that no Data is changed or updated during the conversion.

    Disk2Vhd does not Support Windows 2000. This tool uses VSS and VSS is not available at Windows 2000.

    Only offline conversion is possible with Disk2Vhd

    http://www.tekronin.net/2014/01/13/windows-server-2000-p2v-with-disk2vhd/

    • Make sure that your grandpa server is running on W2K SP4.
    • Shutdown the server and take off the hard disk.
    • Install the hard disk on a computer with Windows XP (anything above that is OK too)
    • Boot up the second computer and make a note of the new volumes.
    • Download Disk2VHD exe from here
    • Create VHDs as you want. You can save them to a local drive or if you have a fast network (from my experience 1 Gbps LAN connection would save a 40 GB hard disk in a matter of 15 minutes via network) you can use an existing shared folder. I still prefer to save to VHD format for Windows 2000.

    Regards

    Sebastian

    Friday, June 6, 2014 12:06 PM
  • You can succesfully perfrom the P2V using Disk2Vhd - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

    Just make sure to stop any running services such as SQL before perfroming the P2V to make sure that no Data is changed or updated during the conversion.

    Disk2Vhd does not Support Windows 2000. This tool uses VSS and VSS is not available at Windows 2000.

    Only offline conversion is possible with Disk2Vhd

    This is not correct. The new version (2.01) of disk2vhd supports performing conversion with or woth out VSS. Granted using VSS or offline is prefable but it can be achieved. This is also why it is extra important to stop services such as SQL before the conversion is run.

    I succesfully perfromed a conversion of windows 2000 only last week using Disk2VHD.


    Gil Gross | Technical Lead | G-Net Network Solutions | www.g-net.co.il | plz visit my blog - http://gilgrossblog.wordpress.com

    Friday, June 6, 2014 12:20 PM
  • This is not correct. The new version (2.01) of disk2vhd supports performing conversion with or woth out VSS. Granted using VSS or offline is prefable but it can be achieved. This is also why it is extra important to stop services such as SQL before the conversion is run.

    I succesfully perfromed a conversion of windows 2000 only last week using Disk2VHD.

    Oh yes... shame on me! Till now i dont have seen the new version.
    Well ok maybe it works if the use VSS Option is not selected.

    Friday, June 6, 2014 12:26 PM