Windows 8 RP Hyper-V Export

Now that I am using Windows 8 Release Preview on my tablet and desktops it occurred to me I could build Virtual Machines destined for servers right here using the local Hypervisor. That means new portability for things I’m working. I thought I’d capture the export and import process  between Windows 8 Release Preview and Windows 2012 Release Candidate.

To start the process I have created the Virtual Machines in Hyper-V Manager on a Windows 8 PC, then shut them down ready for export. Note, you can’t export a running or paused virtual machine.

If you have a few Virtual machines you can selected multiple them at the the same time then to perform an export, select the machines then right click and and press export.

 

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Next we need to select a local directory to export the machines to.

 

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You may like to know, if you happened to select the incorrect virtual machine for export? you can cancel it individually while the others will continue to export.

 

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Once the export completes we need to copy the files over to the target server, on the target server login and open Hyper-V manager.

 

In the Hyper-V Manager Right click on the target Hyper-V server then select Import Virtual Machine, the wizard launches, on the first screen click Next

 

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Select the folder to import from then select Next, select the Virtual Machines to import then Select Next

 

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Select to Register or Restore the Virtual Machine keeping the existing unique ID or Select to Copy the virtual machine creating a new unique ID. For these I am Registering them in-place and Selecting Next. Review the options then Select Finish

So that’s, a few VM’s built on the fly up and running on a server in a few clicks. It’s worth noting my original machines are still there, I can now remove them by selecting delete in Hyper-V.

I’m not sure what every else thinks but the more I use the Windows Sever 2012, the Metro interface and a few apps, the less I like Windows 2008 and Window 7 Smile.

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Posted on June 19, 2012 at 1:01 am by Ronnie · Permalink
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