I have a disk on a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine that is 500GB and is essentially just a drive that contains a folder that is a share (through the Windows 2003 file share role).
This folder is also mounted within vSphere (v 5.5, esxi hosts) as a Datastore for all the hosts.
Since I'm trying to retire the Windows 2003 servers, what's the best thing to do with this disk to maintain its accessibility for the select users that access its files?
I understand I will need to detach the disk from the Windows 2003 server (but keep it in the datastore). But should I then just simply attach the disk to, say, a Windows 2012 R2 server? Will it maintain its file-sharing permissions for the folder that's on it, or go wonky within Windows 2012 (be it with permissions or disk initialization, etc, since it's coming from Windows 2003).