Migrating a 2003 R2 Physical Server to Hyper-V 2012 R2 in 2018….

Here’s the details on how I was able to migrate a 2003 R2 server from physical to virtual.

I used Disk2VHD to convert the running physical machine to virtual hard drives. Note: Do not have it prep for the old Virtual Server software and do NOT have it convert to VHDX.  I used a temporary disk to copy the physical drives to during the conversion process. I then used a standalone Hyper-V server to mount the OS disk it had converted to VHD. Continue reading “Migrating a 2003 R2 Physical Server to Hyper-V 2012 R2 in 2018….”

Upgrade Steps Outline – SCVMM 2008 SP1 to 2012 SP1


System Center

What follows is the basic outline I followed to upgrade System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 SP1 running on a Windows Server 2008 R2 host to SCVMM 2012 SP1. Obviously each step has small libraries of documentation you could read, warning you could ignore, and whatnot – but if you’re simply looking to make sure you’ve got the right steps planned out, this is what I did to upgrade our setup:

  1. Make sure your OS / Data drive are at least 60 GB. You’ll need this for all the upgrades.
  2. Download SCVMM 2012 as well as SCVMM 2012 SP1. You can’t go straight to 2012 SP1 from 2008 SP1
  3. Upgrade SQL 2008 to 2008 R2 if you aren’t running it already. SCVMM 2012 SP1 doesn’t support 2008.
  5. Upgrade SCVMM to 2012
  6. Install SCVMM 2012 RU3  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2756127)
  7. Uninstall SCVMM 2012.
    I know, I know, but SCVMM 2012 does not support installation on Server 2012 and because there’s no direct upgrade path to SCVMM 2012 SP1 from 2008, you have to update the SCVMM database. Continue reading “Upgrade Steps Outline – SCVMM 2008 SP1 to 2012 SP1”