Windows HyperV 2012 to Windows HyperV - 2008

I am working with a company and doing a network re-construction.  Plan is to bring the network to Windows 2008 R2 and correcting non-standard items as found.

One of the non-standard items found, is the file server VM.  T

here are two VHD's one of the OS, and one for the data.  If I RDP into the file server VM, it looks like one server and functions like it should.  However, if you need restore data from the server you need to mount the second VHD from backup in windows 7 and get the data you are looking for.  After that incident I changed the way I backup and now backup the VM from inside so not a whole mount of a VHD, just the incremental's.  This Server also has  a lot of drive letters that can be consolidated down to just a few.

My question is:  

They have a 2012R2 Member server not doing anything currently. can I dis-join this server from the network install Hyper-V bring up a Windows 2008R2 VM rebuild a new file server into one VHD file consolidate the drive letters and then take this new VHD file and import it into windows 2008 Hyper-Visor.

Thanks for the help and counsel,

Rick
RickArnoldAsked:
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you don't upgrade the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Tools in OS install, you should be able to.  I'm not sure it's supported though.

Better question though - WHY?

Why not just make the 2012 R2 server the VM host - it includes TWO guest Server licenses and offers many new features and improvements over the 2008 and even 2008 R2 Hyper-V.  And you said it yourself - "2012R2 Member server not doing anything currently" - put it to good use and whatever you WERE going to use it for, do so in a VM!

(You don't have to disjoin it from the domain to add Hyper-V - but ANY Hyper-V server 2012/208 - I would ONLY install Hyper-V as a Role.  No other roles - features (like backup, fine, but NO ROLES!)
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RickArnoldAuthor Commented:
that is what we are going to do thanks for the help

Rick
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