Easy swap of VMDK to make new file server

I currently have a VMWare 5.0 environment and I have a Win 2003 X64 bit files server. It is running really slowly across the network and I am currently building a new Win 2008 R2 server.

I wanted to know if I transfer the E drive that is a seperate VMDK to the new machine will it keep all the permissions accociated to the files and folders in 2008 that were assigned in 2003?

Also would I be able to just power off the first machine then asign the vmdk to the new machine or should I remove it completely from the first?
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Jarred MeyerProduction ManagerAsked:
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Subhashish LahaCommented:
Please refer below EE question. This is related to your query

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_26904349.html

safer way for attaching VMDK is
 
1. Make sure you don't have any snapshots
2. copy the vmdk to the Windows 2008 folder using the datastore browser
3. attach the copied disk to the Windows 2008 VM and check whether everything works
4. delete the 2003 VM or the disk

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Jarred MeyerProduction ManagerAuthor Commented:
Everything worked without a hitch. Just had to reshare the different folders and set the share permissions that I had writen down in a word doc. Thanks
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