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How to completely migrate Windows Server VMs with no access to hypervisor?


alvaroag
04-02-2016, 14:10
It's most probable OVH will not let you take the image from the VM, so it's an option that I would not consider possible.

The problem on moving Windows from one server to another is it's really complicated. Windows configuration is really attached to the hardware, so a full copy(image or other type) will most probably not work or require some heavy reconfiguration to actually work, if it gets to work exactly as before the move.

So, even when it's not the easiest nor quickest option, the best alternative would be to install everything on the new servers(VMs). Depending on what applications you installed, some may be as easy to move as copying a bunch of files. Some Windows features, such as Active Directory, allow really easy moving, adding a new controlled to the domain and then demoting the old ones.

russum
04-02-2016, 10:55
There are two Windows Server VMs (2008R2 & 2012R2) hosted on OVH (via VMware I think / VPS 2014 Cloud 3).

I would like to move away both VMs to my dedi running KVM.

Would OVH let me download my VM images? (the backup options they offer isn't working since it's not an image but a listing of files with an ability to restore).

Knowing OVH & assuming they won't let me download the VM images - I only have full admin rights from within the VMs. What would be the best way to do this so I don't have to reinstall or set anything up (VMs contain bunch of installed software, settings, users, etc which would take many days to re-create)?

Thank you!