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I am testing the W2K3 virtual server and created 2 VM's on the host server.  I noticed my second VM configuration file is pointing to a different location than my other VM.  I want all VM files to reside in the same location.  Can I easily move these *.vmc files?  Also, I would like to move the *.vnc files to the same location as well.  Can these be moved also?  I just don't want any VM files located in the default "All Users" location on the host.

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by:pgm554
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Yes.

You just need to edit the path where the VM points to.

Or just do an open existing VM and browse to the new location.
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Ok, how do I edit the paths?  
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Usually what I do is create a separate spindle ,(like a USB drive) to keep my profiles and virtual disk files.

Speeds things up, in that the single spindle disks, tend to slow everthing down when using VM's.
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asrdias earned 2000 total points
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Hello !!!

Yes you can move all the files to the location you select.

To do that:

First Create the destination folders. Then Copy the VHD and VMC files to the folders.

In the VS2005 Admin console go to the VM Status and remove the Virtual machines from the configuration.
Now Add the VM by selecting the path where the VMC files are located. Remember that you have to change the configuration for the virtual harddisks  so that it points  to the new locations where the VHD files are located, on each VM.

After checking that all is ok you can delete the old VMC and VHD files.
Hope it helps.

Adias


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by:mchristo63
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Thanks, I will try
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by:mchristo63
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When you said remove VM from configuration, are you saying right click on the VM in the Master Status window and delete?

Thanks
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by:asrdias
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Hello !!! (Again)

To finish :

The vnc files are just the same as the vmc files.
Copy them to the desired foilder.
Then remove the custom networks from the VS2005 and add them again by pointing the path to the new location where you copied them to.

Its necessary to remove them from the configuration. If you don't do that VS2005 will say that it can not add the confiruation because it already exists...

Hope it helps...


Adias
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by:asrdias
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Hello ,

When you point the mouse on the VM you have the option to turn on... or remove.... (If the VM is off...)

Adias
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by:mchristo63
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How about any *.vsv files?  Can I just delete them?
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by:asrdias
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Well, That is the Virtual machine saved-state file.

That contains the memory and state of a VM that is sleeping. If you delete that file you may loose data.
Power on each VM and perform a shutdown on them. After this you can safely delete thos files.

Taka a look in this link. You'll find it veru helpful:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/virtualserver/2005/proddocs/vs_tr_folders.mspx?mfr=true

Hope it helps,

Adias
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by:asrdias
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Hello !!!

Do the following:

Goto:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cebf3c7c-7ca5-408f-88b7-f9c79b7306c0&displaylang=en

The tool I need you to download is :

MPSRPT_PFE.EXE
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=00ad0eac-720f-4441-9ef6-ea9f657b5c2f&displaylang=en

Post the resultant cab file so I can check for errors.

Adias
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by:mchristo63
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great help.  got it all moved.  thanks
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by:asrdias
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Please ignore the MPS reports request... wrong post....


Sorry...
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I figured.  
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