Migrating Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine

If you want to use Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) to migrate a computer running Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine, you’ll need to copy some system files from your installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1 to the computer running VSMT. Normally VSMT automatically swaps out certain system files in your installation for…

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Migrating from virtual to physical

Eric sent me this question: “Do you know if it’s possible to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one using ADS or any other tool?” Unfortunately, I don’t know of an easy way to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one, Eric, nor do I know of any tools. The issue is fixing…

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Blogcast series: Using VSMT to migrate an NT4 server to Virtual Server 2005

John Howard has posted a series of blogcasts (e.g., video clips published on a blog) that walk you through the process of using VSMT to migrate a Windows NT 4.0 server into a virtual machine running under Virtual Server 2005. You can find them on his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/jhoward. The first blogcast of the series is…

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Detailed documentation for Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT)

Although there are high-level instructions on performing a migration in the VSMT whitepaper (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/overview/vsmtwhitepaper.mspx), if you’re going to do a serious migration, you need to follow the detailed documentation in the “Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit User’s Guide.” You’ll find it at %ProgramFiles%\Microsoft VSMT\Help\VSMT.chm. This documentation will get you reliably from here to there, and if you…

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Upcoming Webcast: Options for Upgrading NT4 LOB Applications Including Using Virtual Server 2005

On Friday, January 07, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Kevin Remde, a Technet presenter, will discuss ways you can upgrade your existing NT 4 applications. As Windows NT 4.0 Server comes to the end of its supported life, many organizations still have vital line of business (LOB) applications that run on…

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Migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk

[Updated on 1/6/05.] Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) doesn’t support migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk (VHD). One option for dealing with this is to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk and then perform the migration. This isn’t very practical for a migration, though, because you have to…

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