VMWare - Move a 5 TB Virtual Disk from a W2008 to W2012

Hi, I am currently migrating my virtual AD environment from a single 2008 R2 AD to a clustered 2012 virtual environment (VMware)
The 2008 R2 AD has a Virtual Disk of 5 TB that is used as an office share and I would like to disconnect it and connect it to the new 2012 Virtual Machines. What is the best way to do this? Any special considerations? Thank you!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No special considerations, other than power off the VMs, and make sure you have a full backup before you start.

and make sure you use the Remove from Virtual Machine (and do not delete from disk).

Also, you may want to export the LANMAN registry shares, to make it easier to import and re-create.

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Specifically, you want to export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Shares and then when connecting the drive to the other server make sure you use the same drive letter before importing the exported registry key.

Provided the servers are both in the same domain (or at least has a trust between them) then NTFS permissions should transfer seamlessly.
Darshana JayathilakeSystem EngineerCommented:
If you want ton continue access all the file shares, i'm recommend to go with File server migration tool as a first option. or consider about the in-place upgrade of existing windows 2008 r2 to 2012
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
In place upgrades should be avoided.  Given this is a VM, simply moving the virtual disk to a new drive should be almost instant.
ArgieITAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for the Tips. I will be just removing from VM and add it to the new one while exporting the registry key and maintaining the same drive letter. Thanks!
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