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2008 R2 Move VM to new partition on same server

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I have a 08 r2 server running hyper v. I have all of my vms in drive V for instance. I want to now store them on drive X which is my SAN. How do you move these correctly to the new drive. Thanks!
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by:Giladn
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will you still be using drive V  after the move? is not, you can stop all Hyper-V services, copy all drive content (or Hyper V  content) to the same path at drive X and then change the drive letter to V.

In any other case, you can use import/export to move each machine manually:
see here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/17b5aedd-851c-42fa-8626-bf070701ad68/move-a-hyper-v-virtual-disk-location?forum=winserverhyperv

Hope this helps,

Gilad
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by:valmatic
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Hi
It will be on the same hyper v server that it is already. I just simply want to move where it is stored on the same server.
Thanks.
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by:Giladn
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Ok, do you need to move all of drive V content?  will you be using drive V (currently used) after the move?
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by:valmatic
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I was going to move like 1 server at a time to test one by one. The way i did with my test VM was shut it down, open the settings, tell it to remove the VHD. Then i flat out deleted the server from hyper v. I moved the VHD to my SAN, and i basically remade a VM in hyper v and pointed it at that VHD. It worked ok except, it lost the IP, i had to re-activate windows. So not sure i want to do that again.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Since the largest items are the VHD/vhdx 's what I do is shutdown the vm.. move the vhd now in the settings for the VM just change the location of the vhd/vhdx
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by:valmatic
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Thanks David, but i would like to move the entire directory that has the xmls and all that good stuff as well. In case this server fails i have everything i need sitting on the SAN drive.
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Rolf Hasselbusch earned 500 total points
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So you are good to go with a simple Ex- and Import because the import didn't mean Hyper-V will import it in the Default Folders for Machines, Disks, Configs.

Export: Exports all files and settings in to one folder named like the VM
Import: Simply attaches this exported folder

So do an Export, move the generated folder to your SAN and do an Import

More Infos about Ex- and Import: http://itproctology.blogspot.de/2008/05/versatility-of-hyper-v-export-import.html
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by:valmatic
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So once i export it, do i "delete" the old one we will call it from the hyper v manager. Then i would go do an import?
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by:Rolf Hasselbusch
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That's true!
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by:valmatic
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thanks ill try it out.
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