"Ian" <ianhendersonis@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have recently bought an HP ProLiant "baby" server - 160Gb SATA drive, no
> SCSI discs or RAID. Into this I have added 2 x 500Gb SATA drives and then
> installed and patched Windows 2003 Enterprise to Service Pack 2. However,
> things currently stand, I have NOT as yet built up a Domain.
> I want to create two virtual servers, one of which would be the Domain
> Controller whilst the other was a SQL Server. Since the actual reported
> of the two 500Gb discs is coming back as 465Gb apiece, I'm thinking that
> "boot" volumes of these two servers could be set up at 65Gb each, with the
> remaining 800Gb being used for data storage and possibly a desktop image.
> The problem that I have is that it isn't possible to boot my host server
> directly from the Windows 2003 installation media, since the machine only
> seems to boot directly from the HP Utilities disc that it came with, which
> then leads you through various questions about the OS that you're planning
> install. The problem that I have is that if I try to boot the virtual
> from this disc, it gets so far into the initial HP setup process and then
> Is there something I'm doing wrong? Should I be booting the virtual
> partition from an ISO?
Virtual machines do not run from disk partitions. They run from virtual
hard disks, which are simply files on your physical disks.
The first thing you need to do is install the virtualization application,
such as VPC or Virtual Server. You then create a virtual machine and its
associated virtual hard disk.
You will need a copy of the OS you want to install in the vm. The version
which came with your server is probably tied to the hardware. In any case it
would not be legal to install it on a vm as well (and it probably would not