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!Hello, I am virtualizing a Windows 2003 Server in VMWare Server 2.0.2. My goal is to take the virtualized HDD and make it a physical one so that i can boot a real server from it and run it outside of a virtualized environment. I know of this answer which shows how to do this clearly, my only issue is that they use vmare workstation and vmware server doesn't have the "Use physical drive" option when following these steps. Here's the link to that answer.

So after you have possibly reviewed that 3rd party answer could anyone suggest another way of doing so while using VMWare Server 2.0.2? Thanks to Everyone!

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VMware Server 2.0.2? Why? It went end of general availability in 2008! – MDMarra Nov 25 '13 at 5:31
Here's how:… See my answer in the post. – Vick Vega Nov 25 '13 at 6:00
@MDMarra: I guess because this the only VMware product that is not a stand-alone hypervisor. Isn't it? – abatishchev Nov 25 '13 at 6:16
However I'd recommend to migrate to VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V (doesn't require stand-alone hypervisor). – abatishchev Nov 25 '13 at 6:17
@abatishchev - no, there are others. Player, Workstation, etc. – MDMarra Nov 25 '13 at 13:10

Back up the server with the backup tool of your choice. Follow that tool's procedure for a restore to dissimilar hardware.

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Do you have a suggestion to such a tool? Also if it were free it would be much appreciated – cmdexpert12 Nov 25 '13 at 5:34
Thank You SOSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!! I have not completed the backup yet but this seems to be very assuring! – cmdexpert12 Nov 25 '13 at 5:46
although i must ask, will i have to have the installation disk to restore this "backup"? or can I just copy it to a usb and boot from it? – cmdexpert12 Nov 25 '13 at 5:46
At some point you're going to have to do some research on your own. That point is now. Part of being a professional is reading and understanding documentation. It's a critical skill that will carry you far. – MDMarra Nov 25 '13 at 5:55

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