P2V Conversion of an SBS 2003 Server–Part Two

Part Two – Creating the VM

This is Part Two of a Five part series about my experience doing a P2V conversion of my SBS 2003 server to Hyper-V. 

Here are links to the other parts:

 Part One – Creating the VHD

 Part Three – The First Run Tweaking the Server VM

 Part Four – The Second Run Tweaking the Server VM

 Part Five – Last Tweaks and We’re Running

Creating the Virtual Machine

So Now that I had a copy of the newly created VHD of the physical server, I needed to create the Virtual Machine that was going to replace the Physical Box I just shut down. Open Hyper-V Manager, and in the action pane, click New>Virtual Machine.


This started the New Virtual Machine Wizard. The first step is to give the VM a name. This is the name that Hyper-V uses for the Machine. I named it the same as the Netbios name of the server, but I could have named it anything useful. For example, I could have given it a more descriptive name such as “Greg-SRV04 P2V Conversion“.


The next step is to assign memory to the VM. I assigned it 3GBs of Memory. That’s what the Physical server had and it ran just fine. I could have given it a different amount if I wanted.


The next step is to configure Networking. I chose to leave it unassigned for the time being. My reasoning was that it might avoid the server picking up a different IP address before I could assign the correct address to the new Virtual NIC. I’m not sure this would actually happen –I just wanted to play it safe.


The next step is to connect a virtual Hard drive to the VM. The default is to create a new VHD file:


but since I already had a VHD, I selected “Use an existing virtual hard drive” and then hit the browse button.


Browse to the location of the VHD file that had been copied from the physical server to the Hyper-V server and click the “open” button.


Click the “Next” button


And then click finish.


By default, the New Virtual Machine Wizard will give the machine a single processor. I wanted to give it two processors. Make sure the new VM is highlighted and the in the Action pane, click settings.


Change the number of logical processors to 2 and then click the OK button.


Double Click on the VM name or in the Action Pane, click the connect button to open the Virtual Machine Connection Window.



In Part Three, I’ll cover starting the Virtual Machine and the first run at tweaking the server O/S to run in Hyper-V.

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