How to import Hyper-V VM if the export function was not done on the original server

Posted on 2010-03-22
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my original Hyper-V crashed so I only have the folders with VM. Is there an easy way to import into the new Hyper-V?
Question by:piotrmikula108
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do you only have the .vhd? or do you have the complete set meaning vhd, xml (configuration) files etc?
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James Haywood earned 1000 total points
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It very rarely works importing without a full export. Create a new VM with the same hardware settings as the original and just use the original VHD. You will need to reset the network settings within the VM but otherwise it should work fine.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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As long as you have a VHD you can create a new VM with a existing VHD file. Go into Hyper-v create new VM then when it ask to create new VHD or use existing use the existing VM. You should be running in a matter of minutes.
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yeah, that's what I started doing but thought I would ask as I have 10 VMs and it takes time

thanks guys

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I have the same problem here, but one of the virtual machine on the crashed hyperV environment is a core DC. I guess information stored on the DC must remain intact, but since it wasnt shut down correctly critical AD information might be lost.

What do you think, can I use the information above to regain access to my vhosts?


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you should be able to manually recreate the VM as long as the virtual HDD is intact

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yes the DC runs again, but since this DC had all the roles I'm not sure how it's going to re-sync the AD database. My question regards this issue.

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