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Migrate Windows 2008 server from physical to virtual environment or to different hardware

by admin on August 8th, 2013

When you need to bare metal restore a windows 2008 server to another hardware or to a virtual server, mainly when storage drivers differ, you will have to modify some registry to boot.

In my case in safe mode, boot generates BSOD with error 0x7B after crcdsk.sys and reboots forever.

After completing the BMR boot from install/recovery cd.
Then select Command Prompt.
Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, File>Load Hive>[restored volume]:\Windows\System32\Config\SYSTEM>Open>Key Name = Restored_HKLM>OK.
Expand Restored_HKLM\ControlSet001\services and ensure the following are set:

If restored to a (VMWare) VM then ensure intelide>Start = 0 and LSI_SAS>Start = 0; msahci>Start = 3 and pciide>Start = 3

For KVM virtualisation I have changed:

ntelide start 4->0

lsi_sas 4->4

msahci 0->4

pciide 0->4


You can try also switching sata mode in bios from ahci to ide or vice versa.

Hope this will help other people too since I tried to fix windows for many days before discover this.

source: gg MaliStane

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