Unfortunately caspianit.co.uk has been offline for a few days. My old 2003 server having faithfully been up and running and online for the best part of 4 years finally gave up the ghost.It didn’t just ‘die’ but rather started fading away to a point where it was crashing every few hours – which for a Domain controller, file server and web server is not a good thing. So alas at the end of last week I had to call it a day and just lay it’s hard working components to rest.

But wait!

Welcome Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V virtualisation technology! My old 2003 Servers hard drive was still perfectly in tact! And with a cunning little program by Microsoft called disk2vhd.exe (which you can download from here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx) all I had to do was to run this program on my old servers hard drive and turn the entire thing in to a virtual machine!

Stunning!

My old server, with all it’s years of painstaking OS configuration and optimisation lives again! That’s right kids! Nothing’s been lost whatsoever. My entire server lives on as a virtual machine in the belly of this Windows 2008 Server.

Man oh man, technology these days is so cool. With a 64-bit Quad core processor this Windows 2008 Server kicks some serious butt! Gone are the days of having to re-install and re-configure a server on new hardware when you can just virtualise the old one – Sa weet!

If you’re wondering whether to upgrade from your old 2003 server to 2008 – I say do it. Just do it, it’s an excellent move.

Simon

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