moving physical win2k3 32 bit drive to vmware on a 64bit host mach

Discussion in 'Server Migration' started by azim, Jun 7, 2008.

  1. azim

    azim Guest

    hi guys,

    i've recently purchased a new server, a dual amd 64 bit machine.

    i have this win2k3 box that i want to image and move onto it. i tried a
    direct disk clone using backup utilities but no luck - it would BSOD. so then
    i tried installing XP on the amd, installing vmware workstation and trying.
    same thing, it BSODs.

    is there any way at all to get this up and running? i have tons of settings
    on the win2k3 machine, primarily exchange and dns services, that i simply
    just can't replicate - it took me ages to build and perfect it and no way am
    i restarting it all!!

    is there some easy migration utility otherwise that'll copy exactly all my
    exchang e/ webserver / dns / CA etc etc settings if i just do a fresh install
    of win2k3 64bit edition?

    what are my options? thanks!
    azim, Jun 7, 2008
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    George Yin Guest


    Thank you for your post.

    Regarding the BSOD problem:

    The root cause could probably be the incompatible HAL or the drivers.
    Please note that if the machines have very different hardware from each
    other, you should not directly image or back up the hard disk and apply it
    to a new one. This is because they have different drivers and even
    different HAL.

    To locate the exact problem of the blue screen, we need to analyze the
    crash dump file. To trouble shoot this problem efficiently, I suggest that
    you speak directly with a Microsoft Support Professional so that the crash
    dump can be analyzed. For a complete list of Microsoft Product Support
    Services phone numbers and information about support costs, please go to
    the following address on the World Wide Web:


    Regarding the second question:

    I am sorry to say that there is no straightforward way to achieve this at
    one time. You may need to migrate one service or application at one time,
    by using different migration methods accordingly.

    George Yin
    Microsoft Online Support
    Microsoft Global Technical Support Center

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    George Yin, Jun 9, 2008
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