Much more important, however, is to note that I have selected not only drive C: but the System Reserved area as well.If you don’t select the System Reserved area, the resulting will not be recognized as bootable.In the above example, I have isolated Exchange, Share Point and user data and even have a separate drive to store the file.
I will share with you some of the tricks I have picked up to make it easier for you.
Disk2vhd works by taking a snapshot of the files to be converted.
You will need this free and downloadable utility to convert your system disk to a file (click to download it).
It is straightforward to use and can work with a system that is online.
Do the same for Share Point and any other applications that might be updating files as they run, If you have been following closely about the preparations, you will have detected my overall approach: isolate the system to the c: drive, convert it to a .vhd, bring up the new os and create a virtual machine from it, and have all of the data files remain on media that are mounted onto the host operating system.
With that in mind, when you run the conversion utility, you will be just converting the system disk.
Note: if files are small, weigh the inconvenience of moving them against the conversion impact.
A few kilobytes won’t make a difference but a few gigabytes might.
yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus who can help you convert your physical SBS server to a virtual machine to run under Hyper-v. If your SBS is 2008 or 2011, you needn’t worry about whether the server can support 64-bit because both of those are 65-bit operating systems.