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We need to load IBM server x3650 with Windows server 2000, this is required to support a legacy software.

How do we do this, Please advise.

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closed as too broad by TheCleaner, Ward, mdpc, Falcon Momot, Tim Brigham Aug 22 '13 at 14:41

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I would install ESXi and run Windows 2000 as a VM. – jscott Aug 21 '13 at 13:04
Asking "can I" vs. "how do I" is a huge difference. "How do I" is more of a book answer , even more so if you go the ESXi route (properly). If you aren't sure how to load up an x3650 (m1/2/3?) using ServerGuide, etc. then you'll need to research that out or hire a pro. – TheCleaner Aug 21 '13 at 13:19
As a professional, you should refuse to do this because it's wrong. Server 2000 is long dead and unsupported, and you will get blamed when it blows up. To top it off, there are myriad application virtualization solutions out there, in addition to server virtualization. – Ryan Ries Aug 21 '13 at 13:22
@jscott: can you please guide me more on this. I'm new to VM's Or please point me to some links – user75464 Aug 21 '13 at 13:33
@user75464 You can download VMware ESXi/vSphere from here. There are myriad documents describing how to build/configure a VM, I'd start with documents from the VMware site. – jscott Aug 21 '13 at 13:40
up vote 6 down vote accepted
  1. Download ESXi from here
  2. Read VMware's guides on how to configure it.
  3. Install Windows 2000 as a VM.
  4. ????
  5. Profit.
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