If you're migrating a lot of physical servers to virtual machines, consider Virtual Server 2005 Migration Tool (VSMT). Here's some information about this useful tool.
If your organization is running legacy
servers--or even new, but underutilized Windows Server 2003
systems--you should consider using Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005
in conjunction with the Virtual Server 2005 Migration Tool (VSMT)
to more easily migrate these servers to their virtual
VSMT has a number of requirements. Here's a
- An Automated Deployment Services server
running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (not the 64-bit
- VSMT installed on a separate server or the
- Virtual Server 2005 installed on a separate
server or the same server
In addition, the server you wish to migrate
must have PXE boot capabilities achieved either via PXE features
installed on the physical network adapter or via the creation of a
PXE boot disk. During the PXE boot process, the system migrates the
contents of the target server into virtual hard drive files, which
Virtual Server 2005 then uses.
download VSMT from Microsoft's Web site. It includes three
- VSMT_Setup.msi--the setup program
- Relnotes.htm--the release notes
Keep in mind that the initial installation can
be difficult. However, if you're migrating a lot of physical
servers to virtual machines, VSMT can be an ideal tool.
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