So I have a dev server running Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise 32 Bit SP2 R2.
Here are the system specs
Motherboard Intel S5520HC
CPU x2 Intel Xeon L5520 (Quad Core @ 2.27 GHz per core, 16 cores total)
RAM 16 GB DDR3 ECC RAM
Storage 120GB SSD
I am well aware that this is a bit overpowered for a dev box.
Anyway, I would like to consolidate my current server 2k3 install a few other systems into one by installing Hyper-V Server on this machine. The other VMs that would be running will be dev/test environments (Windows 7) that currently reside on physical machines. I plan on ordering another 16GB of RAM so I can give each VM plenty of resources.
I have experience using Sysinternals disk2vhd.exe tool with Windows 7 installs and have yet to run into any issues making bootable VMs. The issue I am running into is when I created a VHD of my server 2k3 install (with disk2vhd) and attempted to boot the image with VirtualBox, the VHD seems to boot but I do not see anything on the screen (a black window opens and just sits there).
I have attempted to ping the machine using the IP, NetBios name and FQDN (Network Adapter in VirtualBox is set to Bridged Mode)to see if the VHD is actually booting, but the machine does not seem to be pingable.
I would like to be 100% sure that I will not have any issues booting the 2k3 VHD after I install Hyper-V on this system. Many hours have gone into configuring MSQL and various web components (this machine was configured by a web developer I work with, I am just the system administrator), and I would prefer to not have to start from scratch.
Is it possible to create a bootable VHD of an existing Windows Server 2k3 install for use in Hyper-V? Any clues as to why Virtual Box does not throw any errors when I try to boot the VHD? Are there any other tools (commerical or freeware/open source) that someone could reccomend that I could try to create the VHD?
Let me know if you need more info..