chrisb101
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Virtualizing SBS2003 Server

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Hi All,

I have a Windows 2003 SBS server which I want to apply Windows Service Packs and Exchange Service packs. As I don't have 100% confidence in this server I would like to virtualize it and then perform the updates on a text VM.

Are there any best practices on converting SBS or Exchange. Do the Exchange services need to be stopped or can they be left running?

Has anyone dos this before?

Thanks

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eric_ten_thije
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Hi Chris

iam running a sbs server in vm environment witch i have convert from a live machine and its running great.

the best way to convert is to stop de exchange services before virtualisation otherwise there is a change that the

exchange store is not able to start.

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I haven't done this personally, but I would recommend to shut down Exchange. SBS is not on the supported OS list, but you can give it a try. The source system won't be modified so if it doesn't work you can just continue with your physical system.


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eric_ten_thije
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Hi Chris

iam running a sbs server in vm environment witch i have convert from a live machine and its running great.

the best way to convert is to stop de exchange services before virtualisation otherwise there is a change that the

exchange store is not able to start.

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ITTehpro
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I had the same problem, when hot converting SBS 2003 with Exchange.

Tried what eric said and it worked. When converting, stop all exchange services and then continue with conversion.

Don't forget to restart services on physical machine after conversion.