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Re-Install Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

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I would like to re-install my server 2008 r2 hyper-V.  My VHD's are on a separate volume and drive.  
Is it possible to install a new server 2008 r2 Hyper-V server and just mount the VHDs?  The other VHDs are 2 DCs and a Exchange Server 2010.
My current server Hyper-V is corrupt and I don't know if I can backup just the Hyper-V server from my backups.

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John
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You can reinstall the server from scratch, and bring the virtual servers back online. As long as the virtual servers themselves are not corrupted, it should be easy. Depending on where you pointed the install folders, and configuration folders. I suggest you take screenshots and write down all of the pertinent locations, so that you have the identical configuration after the rebuild.
You could also create a new Hyper-V server or use existing ones, attach the VMs, and make sure they are working fine, then migrate them back to the old server once it's built (if you have additional equipment or Hyper-V machines).
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When you say install folders and configuration folders, do you mean the VHDs?
Are you recommending screenshots of the Hyper-V configuration?

Ideally I'd like to build a new hyper-v machine and attach the VM's.  Woud this work?

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John
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Yes, it will work. I mean the default folders where you put all the VM configuration files, VHDs, and the application folders. You need not only the VHD files, but also the XML configuration files as well.
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If you want to rebuild the VMs from scratch, and set all the memory, disk, processor types, and other settings, you can do that as well. The XMLs will just save you time and bring back the original configuration.
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