Objective: Import Hyper V Virtual Machine from windows 2008R2 to Windows 2012R2.
We were trying to Export the VM’s from windows 2008R2 hyper server by following the standard procedure.
- Open Hyper V manager
Shutdown the VM to be exported (Saving or Pausing the Virtual Machine will not work)
Select the VM and do export and it created the exported folder for us
Copy the Exported folder to the destination server
Now we went to our new, shiny Windows 2012 R2 server, already configured with Hyper V Role, in-fact I have a couple of VM’s running on it.
Went ahead and selected to import the Virtual Machine on Server 2012R2, browsed to the folder which I copied from Source Windows 2008R2 server
Tried a few thing, but no success, it is not willing to see my VM.
Finally found out that Windows Server 2012 R2 can only import from Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. To import those VMs exported using Windows Server 2008 R2, you first need to import to a Windows Server 2012 machine, then import those files into Windows Server 2012R2 (either by exporting from Server 2012 or just directly importing the files from Server 2012). Export isn’t actually required to import with Server 2012 and later.
Hope this one saves some time 🙂
Since, it was for only about 20 Virtual Machines, we decided to first configure the VM in the HyperV Manager without the VHD attached to it. Once the VM config is ready, we simply shutdown the server. Than, transferred the VHD to the new Server. Added the Virtual machine to the VM Config, and started it. Another task you need to you complete is to reconfigure the network on the Virtual.
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