converting dynamic spanned vhds to single volume hyper-v
Posted on 2014-03-11
The example below explains the setup and what we would like to achieve.
-hyperv host operating system
-server 2003 virtual machine with c drive and d drive
-the d drive was setup in the 2003 guest vm as a basic disk, when the space ran out on the d drive, instead of expanding the vhd on the host a second vhd was added and both were converted to dynamic disks within the guest vm and then spanned to form a larger d drive. this was then carried out a second time so now 3 vhd's make up a spanned volume.
-this in my opinion makes no sense and is a very bad practice especially considering the expand vhd function is available.
my question is: does anyone know how i can effectively merge this data into 1 new vhd and remove the dynamic disk made up of the 3 vhd's. my thoughts are that this needs to be a tool which will clone the guest d drive and create 1 vhd from this or will clone the data in the guest vm into a new attached single large vhd. i cant see a way of just merging the vhd's so unless anyone has a better idea, im wondering what the best tool for the job is some sort of p2v, even though it is already techincally a vm?
the end result would just be all the data migrated from the 3 vhd's into 1 single vhd appearing as a basic disk in windows.