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Virtualize a server already in use; can I setup without losing all existing data

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#1 jbinbi


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Posted 19 July 2017 - 09:45 AM

I have a computer running server 2012 all setup and in use for a small business. What I would like to do is install hyperV, virtualize it , then setup another box for replication and failover.


If the computer didn't already have everything setup and SW installed, this would be simple to do, I would install server 2012, install hyper V, setup a VM, and install all the SW on that instance.


But I have all the SW installed already. Is there a way to take the existing box and just put the hypervisor on it, setup a VM, and keep everything without doing anything else, or would I have have to setup the VM, then reinstall all the SW?



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#2 HenrysCat


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Posted 22 July 2017 - 05:47 AM

Yes I have done the same, first make a full backup in case all goes south, then use this https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx

to create a VHD file of the existing server on an external drive, then you can install Hyper-v and import an existing drive, you may find it won't boot first time this is ok, just use the original install media to run a repair, remember to backup first though, oh and just in case, make a backup ;)

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