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Add Existing Data Disk to a VM in Azure

Your department needs to decommission a virtual machine (VM) and retain the data on that VM's disk. You decide that the best option is to attach the disk to a different VM that is currently running. Attach the data disk to the VM and ensure that the disk can be accessed by the operating system.

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Clock icon Oct 09, 2020

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  1. Challenge

    Decommission WinVM2 and Retain the Storage

    After reviewing the environment, select WinVM2 and delete the virtual machine. Ensure that, when deleting the VM, you do not delete the storage that is attached to the virtual machine.

  2. Challenge

    Attach Existing WinVM2 Data Disk to WinVM1

    Once WinVM2 has been deleted, modify WinVM1 and attach the existing data disk as an additional disk.

  3. Challenge

    Verify Disk on WinVM1

    Once the change has been completed, connect to WinVM1 via an RDP client and navigate to File Explorer. Ensure you can view the storage from WinVM1.

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