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I've got an aging SBS 2003 server with raid 1 IDE drives and I want to take an image of the drive that I can use in a virtualbox VM.

Is this possible - and what software is recommended for taking an image from the SBS 2003 drive?

The VM host machine will be a Win7 x64 system.

I need to keep the SBS 2003 machine online as it provides a service that we can't move to a replacement server.

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Why Virtualbox and not something meant for a production environment like Hyper-V? – MDMarra Dec 30 '13 at 15:21
I'm familiar with virtualbox and may also consider a linux VM host. – Dec 30 '13 at 15:23
Is your intent to decommission the physical server? – joeqwerty Dec 30 '13 at 15:30
yes, I'm worried that the disks might fail, the hardware is old. I don't want to have to deal with hardware failure, I'd rather move before that happens! – Dec 30 '13 at 15:43
OK, then do yourself a favor and put the converted VM on a proper hypervisor. You can run the free editions of either Hyper-V or vSphere if licensing costs are an issue. For Hyper-V you can use Disk2VHD to convert the physical server and for vSphere you can use the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone. - -… – joeqwerty Dec 30 '13 at 15:50
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I wrote a tutorial for this,

basically you boot your computer from a Live CD like Knoppix, then create a disk dump onto a USB disk (or you transmit it via the network), then you convert this image into a VMware VMDK (or any other format) using qemu-img

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I happen to have linux mint on a USB stick - but it's an 8gb stick and the server is old. I'm not sure its BIOS will support booting from a USB stick (or even the CD ROM drive!) But good answer, I'll definitely consider this solution, thanks! – Dec 30 '13 at 15:49
oh, and I can't upvote until I get 15 reputation, so I will remember to come back and +1 your answer :) – Dec 30 '13 at 15:49
thanks :) And 2003's computers usually boot from CD. – Thorsten Staerk Dec 30 '13 at 15:50
yeah, usually :) – Dec 30 '13 at 15:50
I was a bit enthusiastic and realize now I wrote this tutorial especially for VMware. But I just checked, qemu-img does support VDI as format. – Thorsten Staerk Dec 30 '13 at 15:52

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