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September 30, 2008

Moving to Hyper V

Filed under: Development — adallow @ 1:23 pm
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Hyper V with Windows 2008 seems to be great. Recently I helped move some of our old MS Virtual Machines from Virtual Server 2005 to Hyper V, and so far I am very happy with Hyper V.

To migrate a Windows 2003 Server there seemed to be several basic steps:

1) Remove the existing Virtual Machine Integration Services (i.e. the ones for Virtual Server 2005 or VPC 2007). you must do this BEFORE moving the VM across.

2) Make sure that the VM has Windows 2003 SP2 installed before moving across. Note just having 2003 R2 is not enough, you need SP2 as well.

3) Copy the virtual hard drive (VHD) to the new Hyper V server, and create a new virtual machine that uses that VHD.

4) Load the VM and install the Hyper V Integration Services (from the Hyper V VM manager you can do this from the menu). Note that your mouse will probably not work until you have done this, so you may have to brush up on your windows shortcut key skills 😉

5) That should be it. Try to avoid using the legacy network drivers etc; use the native Hyper V ones as the performance is much better.

You can read more about Hyper V at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V

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