what we have is a hyper-v 2012 R2 which hosts SBS 2011 on it. There are 4 other hosts which run on Hyper-V 2012.
At the moment they are being replicated to our data centre on 2012 and R2 respectively.
I now have need to put a new RAID card in host which runs R2. I am wanting to export the VM off it and re-import it into one of a spare server which already runs some other business critical VMs but has enough resources to run the SBS VM.The server in question has Hyper-V 2012 on it.
I understand I cannot replicate it across.
I am wanting to know the following
1. Can I export from R2 and then import it into 2012.
2. Do I need to export / import and can I just copy the Virtual machine folder from R2 and should it just import ok on 2012.
3. The customer in question is a 24/7 business so the SBS VM needs to run on some other server (in this case 2012 not an R2) before I can flatten R2.
4. Plan is to rebuild and install Hyper-V 2012 on it.
Also, the only server with GUI is a 2012 which I used to control all servers including the R2. I wonder if I can export using Hyper-V manager from there on a network share or perhaps straight on to the drive of the server which I intend to host the SBS VM on.
thanks in advance.