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Automatic Deployment Servers (ADS) & Virtual Server Migration Toolkit (VSMT) Step By Step

Step1 :
       Install Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.
Step2 :
       Install Automated Deployment Services in the same or different machine then Virtual Server 2005.
Step3 :
       Install Virtual Server Migration Toolkit.
Step4 :
       If you install the ADS on the same machine of DHCP Server you need configure ADS with this command:
           C:\Program Files\Microsoft ADS\bin\ADSdhcpconfig.wsf /add
Step 5 :
      On samples directory of you VSMT installation, execute the script CreateVirtualNetwork.vbs, to create VM0 network definition in your Virtual Server 2005.
All the executables below are in your VSMT installation directory:
Step 6 :
      Execute the command:  gatherhw.exe  on the machine that you will migrate, this command will generate one XML that will be used by VSMT; send the file to VSMT directory.
Step 7:
     Execute the command:  VMScript.exe /hwvalidate /hwinfofile:<Guest Server>.xml  , this will check for hardware compatibilities.
     If some incompatibility was found at this point, unfortunately you cannot continue.
Step 8:
     Execute the command:                 
    vmscript /hwGenerateP2V /hwInfoFile:<GuestMachine>.xml /name:<VirtualMachineName> /vmConfigPath:<Your VSMT Directory>\vmconfig
   /virtualDiskPath:d:\vmdisk /hwDestVS:<YourVSMcahine> /virtualDiskDynamic /vmMemory:256
Step 9:
    At this point all scripts was generated and we can start the migration process. You need check if your guest machine have support for PXE boot on the network card, if not, you can generate one RIS disk to try the boot.
    On VSMT server, start the command:
    C:\<VMST Directory>\p2v\<GuestMachine>\<GuestMachine>_Capture.cmd 
    Reboot your guest machine using PXE.
    When ADS finish the capture process, the server will shutdown guest machine.

Step 10:
    This step will create configuration file in Virtual Server 2005 machine.
    C:\<VSMT Directory>\p2v\<GuestMachinet>\<GuestMachine>_CreateVM.cmd
Step 11:
    This step will power on the virtual machine, connect to ADS and deploy the image created in step 9.
    C:\<VSMT Directory>\p2v\<GuestMachine>\<GuestMachine>_DeployVM.cmd
    After this step the migration is finished, you will have your “real machine” virtualized.
If some errors occur, is recommended restart the migration process using the command:
    C:\<VSMT Directory>\p2v\<GuestMachine>\<GuestMachine>_cleanupVM.cmd , run this command and back to step 9.

Some things to also keep in mind!

Downloads ADS 1.1 with VSMT

Virtual Server

ADS only supports 2003 Enterprise Edition, and it’s quite a bit easier to install Virtual Server on the same machine. Configure a static IP before installing ADS! for PXE boot.

Supported Guest Operating Systems are:

Windows NT 4.0 Server SP6a, Standard & Enterprise Editions, Windows 2000 Server SP 4, Windows Server 2003, Standard  & Enterprise Edition

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