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The main question is:

Can I perform a Virtual to Virtual Conversion from one Hyper-V Server to another Hyper-V Server?

Why I need to convert instead of a myriad of other options:

We've got a RHEL 5 server that somewhere along the way someone took a snapshot of. The snapshot has gone unnoticed for...oh about 9 months. The snapshot is about 800gigs. Other than the massive snapshot everything is just running beautifully.

If a hardware/software/network layout would help in the answering just let me know.

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What are you actually trying to do?? Move it from one server to another (export/import functions for that)? Recover the space from the snapshot (delete snap and turn off VM, will merge forever)? – Chris S Jan 25 '12 at 20:05
My goal is to get rid of the snapshot with minimal downtime. I'm expecting it to take about a week to 10 days to fully merge using normal snapshot merge procedures. – ErnieTheGeek Jan 25 '12 at 20:14
I've got available servers/storage to migrate to, so hardware isnt an issue. – ErnieTheGeek Jan 25 '12 at 20:15
I don't know what hardware you're running but my servers merge at about 100GB per hour. If it's possible to shutdown the VM at night once a day or week for an hour or two it should only take about 4 to 8 nights to merge it. You can interrupt a merge by starting the machine. If that's still not acceptable the export/import function should work, but will take a while if the VM has a lot of data on it. – Chris S Jan 25 '12 at 21:21
I'd start by taking a backup first :) – dyasny Jan 26 '12 at 17:35
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We ended up just doing a backup and restore to a new VM. After getting everything back online we deleted the old VM and the 1TB snapshot that went with it. It took about two weeks for it to delete.

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