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Server image to vhd

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#1 CidBahamut


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Posted 02 June 2010 - 02:20 PM

Ok I'll get straight to the point. We have a Windows 2003 server at work that's going to get torn apart and rebuilt. I need to back it up. However, my boss also wants me to back it up in such a way that we can reload it into a virtual server at a later date.

I need a simple straight forward way to do this if possible. If anyone can help me out it'd be much appreciated.

Basically I'm looking for:
* Software capable of creating an image of the server
* A way to convert said image file into a .vhd file that will run on VirtualPC or Virtual Server

The closest I got was a lot of mucking around with .wim and some .wim -> .vhd converter software. I got really bogged down in side research with that, and I the more I read the more it sounds like that isn't the solution I'm actually looking for.

I feel like this should be really simple but after a few days of scouring the internet I figured it was time to ask someone.

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#2 Baltboy


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Posted 03 June 2010 - 06:47 PM

I would take a little while longer but you could create an .iso using Acronis or Ghost and then install the image to the virtual server using the same software.

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#3 CidBahamut

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Posted 04 June 2010 - 09:02 AM

Sounds like a plan. I'll look into it.

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