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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Mount the image, network copy is slower, than disk copy.
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
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.
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.
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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