Imaging Windows server 2003 so I can use it in a virtual machine

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How can I image my Windows server 2003 so I can use it in a Virtual Machine on a Windows XP workstation? Asked via email.

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VMware has a P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) utility. Perhaps this will do what you need.

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

If you plan to use Microsoft virtualization, the <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415″>Sysinternals Disk2vhd utility</a> could be a good option.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    MS System Center Virtual Machine Manager / MSVMM allows to convert existing physical computers into virtual machines through a process known as physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion (which Carlosdl mentioned). It is required, SP1 for all Windows Server 2003 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter both 32 and 64 bit. Before going for this procedure, it is recommend to download and run "System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer" on MSVMM server. This is a diagnostic tool that can use to evaluate important configuration settings (HW and SW support configuration, that u r going to specify) for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. Also recommended to perform CHKDSK and Defrag before doing this, coz bad sector on HDD can not be transferred during this process. Please see here for other members valuable answers and comments on the Same Question....
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