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Virtual-to-physical migrations with Microsoft Virtual Server

If you're attempting a virtual to physical migration with Microsoft Virtual Server, Serdar Yegulalp will help you along in this expert response.

I am trying to find a step by step process to copy and use a virtual machine onto another machine. The copy will not be used concurrently with the original machine. The intent is to copy the virtual machine to a different server. I think I can skip the SID changes. I am new to Microsoft Virtual Server and am under a tight time line. I don't understand the exact procedure. What needs to be installed on the machine that receives the copy of the VHD? What else needs to be done?

When you're copying a virtual machine to another computer, you generally just need to move the virtual hard disk (.VHD) file. The other computer will need to be running Microsoft Virtual Server, of course, but you can usually recreate the virtual machine's settings on the new installation of Virtual Server without too much difficulty.

Other than that, you need to make sure that the virtual machine being copied has been shut down completely before you attempt to copy its .VHD file(s), or the copy will be in an inconsistent state when it's started up.

If the two copies are not running at the same time, and never will be, then SID issues should not be a problem.

This was last published in October 2007

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