My Hyper-V server runs on Windows 8.1 Pro. There is a virtual machine I'm running, that's so important to me that I've taken about 8 snapshots. It is about to exceed the disk space on a 240 GB SSD which I stored its virtual hard disks on. In its Virtual Hard Disks folder, there is 1 .vhdx file and about 8 .AVHDX files which use more disk space than the .vhdx file. Is there any way to reduce the disk space it's using, maybe by somehow "simplifying" the virtual machine to use a single disk, and eliminate these many large .AVHDX files?
I noticed an export command, which I figured might export the entire state of the virtual machine as a single disk, however, this article I read says that the export operation isn't necessarily trivial, and since this virtual machine has Windows 8 as its OS, I'm concerned that importing an exported virtual machine might lose its activation.
I considered moving the virtual machine's disks to my 2 TB HDD, but performance would probably suffer.
Can anyone please suggest how to manage the space of my virtual machine so that it doesn't expand in size past what my SSD drive can handle?