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Hello, I have a VM with a couple of virtual disks that I need to move to another VM. The VM is a Windows 2008 Server. The Windows VM has a volume that spans both the disks. The OS is on a separate disk.

Can I safely move the disks from one VM to another and maintain the spanned volume? If so is there any trick to it or will Windows just see and understand the volume?

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Yes, it's safe, and almost automatic, and the new VM will recognise the new spanned volume.

But after you first attach the disks in the spanned volume to the new VM, in Disk Management (Server Manager), the disks will appear as Foreign disks, and you may need to Right Click both disks, and select Online.

Import Dynamic Disks
and then Right Click and Select Import Foreign disks,  and follow the prompts.

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Import disks
with Windows 2008 R2, this can also be done, with the VMs both powered up and on, as Hot Plug disks are supported.

as with any disk or partition change, with either VM, just ensure you have valid backups not snapshots before you may any changes.
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Perfect, Thanks!
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