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You're misunderstanding the error message. It's telling you that the VHDX file must be uncompressed. You're trying to uncompress the files within the VHD. These are entirely separate things. It doesn't matter at all if the files within the VHD are compressed.


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If the "DrainOnShutdown" property is set, the "ShutdownTimeoutInMinutes" property is effective before the cluster will terminate. what is the maximum timer the server will attempt to drain all roles for, and is there any way to change this timer? Yes, default is 20 minutes; more info here There is no separate property for "drain on shutdown" vs "not ...


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Run Disk2Vhd inside the VM. It uses the volume snapshot capabilities of Windows to make a copy of the hard drive and write it to a VHD. From there, you are free to use that VHD on your new VM, or convert as needed. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415.aspx When you first boot up the VM, do not allow it to access the network. Change the ...


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VMware allows to create VM images from physical machines - you could try to create an image from a the VM and then move it to another physical server. I've never tried to use it with with virtual machines, so I'm not sure if it will work, but it's worth a try. It works with VMware ESx hyper-visor, but usually it's easy to convert a VM image to another type (...


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Expanding the virtual hard drive by a couple hundred gigs totally solved the problem. According to this TechNet Page you are supposed to have 20% of the size of your database in free space, I was way below that. So it is to be expected that problems arise. However, the expected behavior would be that Exchange would first stop accepting incoming mail, issue ...


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Jake Oshins is correct. Just disable compression on the volume where you are storing your .vhd files and you are good to go.


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Shut down the VM. Mount the virtual hard drive to the host server. Uncompress the virtual hard drive. Unmount the virtual hard drive from the host server. Start the VM.


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What is using up the space in the VHD? - It could be anything. Have you recently cleaned up system files in the guest OS? Have you recently deleted a large amount of data in the guest OS? Do I just need to turn off the VM and compact the VHD? - Yes.



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