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Mount the current disk volumes to a new server

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Hi Experts,
We run our file servers (OS: Windows Server 2003 SP2) on VMware ESX 4.1 environment. Now, we intend to re-organize those file servers. We build several new Windows server 2008 R2 servers on the same VMware Host.
Is there any way that we can mount the current disk volume to the new file server instead of robocopy all stuff from the current file servers to the new servers?
Thanks,
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by:Danny McDaniel
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yeah, just shutdown the old servers, then edit settings on the new ones, choose add disk, select existing, and browse to the datastore/folder of the old servers and select the disk(s) you need.
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The down side is now you have disks in different directories, but you can either do a storage vmotion (if licensed for it) or shutdown and manually move the disk(s) using the command line in the console or the datastore browser in the GUI.  The disk files will have the name of the old server, so if you want them to match...you can change them but it will require more downtime.
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Thanks a lot!
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