Virtualization - Taking a real T/S box and moving it to a Virtual mACHINE?

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. Anyone done this?

    Just read the documentation - skimmed mostly -

    Seems I will need a WS2k3 EE box, install ADS and then VSMT which will do
    the job. Seems I can make my existing T/S (Ws2k3 SE) a multi-boot machine
    and install the EE to the D drive and then make a VM of the C drive.

    I bet it's not as simple as it sounds...<VBG>... chalk that comment up to MS
    doc and enterprise software and my exposure/experiences with them. <VBG>

    If anyone has done this and wants to share the gotchas, I'm all ears...
    either post here or personally to .

    Watch that personal address...

    Thanks in advance.
    Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 27, 2006
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  2. forget about it being a virtual box, the question then becomes 'How do I
    move my existing installation to new hardware?'.

    It can be as simple as:
    Perform ASR backup to file.
    Do full backup.
    Make the ASR file and floppy available to the virtual environment.
    Perform ASR recovery into the VM.
    Restore from full backup.

    Another way is to do a base OS install into the VM, then a restore from

    Another way is to image to file and restore the image to the VM. Ghost,
    Acronis, Paragon, I've used them all with varying degrees of problems
    depending on source/target but they all work. Not once have I been unable to
    get an OS up in the VM, sometimes needing to 'repair install' or manually
    add/remove drivers (having another virtual disk helps, and is easily done,
    parallel install to edit the registry and see what a 'standard' install
    wants to use).

    I took one look (many moons ago) at the requirements for VSMT and thought
    'stuff that, it's easier the way I do it'.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 28, 2006
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  3. Thanks SG!

    I'm inclined to agree with you.

    For example have a look at the SCE Beta... and a few others come to mind
    that are too complex.

    Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 28, 2006
  4. So...

    I did the full backup of the T/S box...

    Have a barebones WS2k3 virtual machine running; joined it to the domain.

    Used the Restore of the C drive, which is all that was backed up...

    Upon reboot it says Could not start, load needed DLLs for HAL.

    Saw a lot of 'needed DLLs' but nothing specific to my scenario.

    Wonder if you ever encountered this?


    Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 30, 2006
  5. Try a 'repair' installation of the VM OS?
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Oct 30, 2006
  6. Have you seen this
    How to move a Windows installation to different hardware

    In the troubleshooting they refer to 'perform an in-place upgrade of
    Windows', but it's actually a repair install, as Les indicates.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Oct 30, 2006
  7. Not sure if I tried that Les... <VBG>...

    However, I decided to just upgrade the clean install I had put there that I
    was trying to place the T/S stuff into...

    I'll email you offline why Les...


    Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 31, 2006
  8. Thanks SG!


    Gary J. Dikkema, Oct 31, 2006
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