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,