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    Eric sent me this question: "Do you know if it's possible to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one using ADS or any other tool?" Unfortunately, I don't know of an easy way to migrate a virtual machine to a physical one, Eric, nor do I know of any tools. The issue is fixing the hardware-dependent...
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    [Updated on 1/6/05.] Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) doesn't support migrating a dynamic physical disk to a virtual hard disk (VHD). One option for dealing with this is to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk and then perform the migration. This isn't very practical for a migration, though...
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    John Howard has posted a series of blogcasts (e.g., video clips published on a blog) that walk you through the process of using VSMT to migrate a Windows NT 4.0 server into a virtual machine running under Virtual Server 2005. You can find them on his blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/jhoward . The first...
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    Although there are high-level instructions on performing a migration in the VSMT whitepaper ( http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/virtualserver/overview/vsmtwhitepaper.mspx ), if you're going to do a serious migration, you need to follow the detailed documentation in the "Virtual Server 2005...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcast: Options for Upgrading NT4 LOB Applications Including Using Virtual Server 2005

    On Friday, January 07, 2005 11:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada), Kevin Remde, a Technet presenter, will discuss ways you can upgrade your existing NT 4 applications. As Windows NT 4.0 Server comes to the end of its supported life, many organizations still have vital line of business ...
  • Blog Post: Migrating Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine

    If you want to use Virtual Server 2005 Migration Toolkit (VSMT) to migrate a computer running Windows Server 2003 SP1 to a virtual machine, you'll need to copy some system files from your installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1 to the computer running VSMT. Normally VSMT automatically swaps out certain...