SBS 2003 and beyond

Jul 27 2010   9:17AM GMT

Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 on Same Laptop

Roger Crawford Roger Crawford Profile: Roger Crawford

Ok work got me a new laptop and I had a plan where I could use this as a vehicle to use in those instances when you need a server to do a temp swing or some kind of server to make your migration work. I am getting lazy and did not want to have to carry those temp servers around and got the laptop spec-ed accordingly to be able to do whatever I need to. Gee let me see laptop or ML350, I already had a bag for my laptop so that is what I went with. But how to make it work. I had a couple of options and one was to run Windows 7 on Laptop and then mount a 2008 R2 VHD  I messed with that some and quickly got bored and I was suppose to be packing for my vacation so I took the easy way out.

Installed Windows 7 to half of my 320 gig HD and Windows 2008 R2 on the other half. I did try the Windows 2008 R2 only and had problems with the drivers and there again I was watching over my shoulder as mentioned I was suppose to be packing. So I did the Windows 7 and then installed Windows 2008 R2 on the other half and then once that was installed I browsed to the partition where Windows 7 was installed and then to the Windows\System32\DriverStoreand the Windows 2008 R2 Server picked up the drivers on the devices showing as needing updates as i went through the list. I did have to go to the Intel Website and get the driver for the on board network card for Windows 2008 R2 and install it to get the network running but no biggy there.

Once that was all done I turned on the Virtual Componets in the BIOS and installed HyperV and then installed a server and ran it virtually just to make sure my theory worked. Which it did which was a good thing would hated to have to explain that one on why it didn’t work out the way planned. Next step is to do some test P2V migrations of SBS2003 Servers and make sure they run and any other situations I run into that this will be needed for.

Til later just Roger

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