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Having had a few old Microsoft Windows Server / Small Business Server 2003 boxes die, I managed to at least grab an image of the disks to then look at a P2V conversion.

The images where made with Acronis or O&O which I then restored to a VMware virtual environment, the problem being that as the server had already died I couldn’t inject the drivers pre-conversion. This gave a lovely 0x0000007B Inaccessible_Boot_Device BSOD once the restored VM tried to boot Windows.

The article from VMware that initially helped point in the right direction is HERE

To inject the drivers I booted the VM with ERD Commander (available via Microsoft DART) then imported the required .sys files and registry keys as the above VMware KB articles references.

Once done the old Server 2003 images worked perfectly!

I’ve included the required reg/driver files to save having to build a 2003 environment.

Taken from a Server 2003 32bit environment – VMSCSI.zip

2 comments

  1. 01/04/2014 at 6:29 PM Rob Tappan

    Thank you for this tip – saved me a ton of time.

  2. 22/09/2015 at 8:30 PM chris

    You beautiful SOB