I said I would blog about this as I have had to do it several times when restoring an SBS 2003 or Server 2003 backup from Acronis Server 11 / 11.5
Basically, in some sites I’ve restored a backup to a Hyper-V machine within Acronis and Windows 2003 would not progress any further than the Windows 2003 boot splash ( see below )
Please note that the progress bar would continue moving.
- Host Machine: Windows Server 2012 R2 running Hyper-V.B
- Backup Machine: HYPER-V VIRTUAL MACHINE ( NOT A P2V )
Rebooting and accessing Last Known Good Configuration yielded the same result. Booting into Safe Mode was the same, the server progress past system32\acpitabl.dat
This above is pretty straight forward, just point and click and ensure you have enough free space for the new VHD file.
Once converted, setup a New Virtual Machine and insert the VHD – Server 2003 should boot.
I will get into the exact science of why the above works at a later date!