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Consolidating large file servers into new Win 2012 R2 deduped VM ?

Posted on 2016-10-20
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Hi All,

I'm currently planning to migrate one large VMDK from old VM into the existing VM that is running new 2012 R2 deduplication:

Existing File Server VM - PRODFS01-VM
Windows Server 2008 R2
1x vCPU
4 GB vRAM
C:\ 50 GB - OS
D:\ 1.89 TB - HQ Home Drive Server drive 1

I will detach the 1.89 TB VMDK disk above and then attach it into the new VM as below:

New File Server VM - PRODFS02-VM
Windows Server 2012 R2
2x vCPU
8 GB vRAM
C:\ 60 GB - OS
D:\ 1.2 TB - Marketing File Server drive 2
E:\ 550 GB - Finance File Server drive 3
F:\ 665 GB - Engineering File Server drive 4

Can anyone please suggest if the above is according to the best practice in deploying efficient deduplicated file servers according to the best practice ?

Thanks.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Your method is sound, and will work with no issues.
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Andrew, is there any caveats or should I scale up or scale out the VM ?
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Make sure you have valid backups of any production machines before you make any changes.

other than than that remove disk from one VM, and add to another.
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Thanks !
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