The musings of an IT Consultant

Sep 28 2009   7:43PM GMT

P2V’ing old Windows NT servers with less than 264 MB of RAM

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

So you’ve been tasked with consolidating a bunch of old servers. You break out the old VMware converter cold clone cd and you start going to town. But then you come across an old Windows NT server with less than 264 MB of RAM. You put the CD in the drive and you boot to CD, you wait for a painstakingly long time and eventually an error spits out on the screen. You don’t have enough RAM to run the CD!

The VMware cold clone cd requires at least 264 MB of RAM to run. Now in this day and age with most servers this is not really an issue. However with old Windows NT boxes this poses a big problem. There’s also no Windows NT install for converter. What do you do?

Well if you still have an old VMware P2V Assistance CD and license kicking around you could use that. Of course if you don’t have that, what are your options? Well, if you can’t create a new virtual server and transfer the services from the old server to the new server you’re probably stuck with disk cloning like Ghost.

Ghost isn’t a trouble free process but it should get the job done with a bit of tweaking.


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