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Moving Data from a Windows 2003 vm Server to a Windows 2008 vm Server

I am running a Windows 2003 vm server in a VMware 5.0 cluster
I have new Windows 2008 server that I need to move the data to. There is about 500GB of data I need to move, what would be the quickest way to move this data? Should I just mount the drive to the 2008 server then copy the data?

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frajicoCommented:
Move the data to a Virtual Disk on the W2003 server, detach this virtual disck, move the vmdk file to the VM Windows 2008 server directory and attach the vmdk to the W2008 server
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Why do you need to move the DATA?

Just add the Win2k3 virtual disk to the new 2008 server?

Unless you want to keep the Wink23 server.
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ahmad1467Author Commented:
I dont wan to keep the 2003 server I just want to keep all the permissons.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well, the simplest option, would be to re-use the virtual disk, detach from the Win2k3 and attach to Win2k8 VM.

or, Robocopy Data, Ghost Image Data, or use VMware Converter.
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ahmad1467Author Commented:
Ok I can add that virtual disk to the 2008 Server but I have another vm image that is 300GB that I need to combine with another 1.5TB virtual image, would it be quicker to mount the image and use Robocopy
Or map a drive and run Robocopy?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Mount the image, network copy is slower, than disk copy.
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