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I have a couple of VMs running on images instead of lvms. I am not concerned about downtime but just about convenience of the process.

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Do you want to keep snapshots or such? Because otherwise you can use the same tools you would use to copy any other image or its contents (= backup & restore)... – JanC Aug 20 '10 at 7:59
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There is a short discussion at serverfault, hope it helps :-)

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