We have a small office that has a standalone ESX 3.5 host with 3 VMs on it. We need to replace their current file server (Windows 2003) with a Windows 2008 R2 server. Problem: there is a 700GB VMDK on this file server. There isn't enough room left locally to present another 700GB VMDK on the new server.
If I were to move this VMDK from old to new VM, would the file shares and security be preserved? I see where this is possible between similiar OS's, but nothing about from 2003 to 2008.