I have a hyper v machine running exchange 2008 on a 2012r2 physical server.    This is a new server to me and I was inspected the virtual disk and noticed that the virtual hard disk is pointing to the avhd.       I would like to disable the snapshot and merge this file with the virtual disk..      This virtual machine is running exchange 2010.     What is the process we can use on merging this file with the virtual disk.     I will be making a physical copy of all these files prior to making any changes.  Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Delete the snapshot during off hours and allow the merge to take place. Make sure there is enough free space on the disk before running the delete and merge process.

Just make sure your backups are good.
jboyle00Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply.  I plan on shutting down the virtual machine Friday night.   Making a copy of the virtual disk folder to have a backup to my tape backup.   Once the copied is made you recommend run the delete and merge process on the snapshot.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The process can be run while the VM is online.

I suggest leaving it alone. At 100MB/Second across the wire that process would take a while.

Just make sure your backup is good and delete the snapshot.

How much free space is there on the disk/array where the AVHD/VHD reside? Is there enough free space to allow for the creation of a new VHD as that is how the process will work.

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jboyle00Author Commented:
Virtual hard disk is 55gb, space available is 1tb so space is not a issue.     What are the steps you recommend I take?   After doing some research the majority of recommendations are to shut down the vm.  I want to get a copy of virtual hard disk folder prior to merging.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The process I identified works just fine. There is no need to take the VM offline especially if there is a known good backup for it.
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