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Moving Hyper-v .vhd - upgrading win2008 to 2008R2

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I had a win 2008 64 std and needed to upgraded it to R2. It had hyper-v (has win 2003) before the upgrade which I just stopped. It was giving me a warring to remove, but I did not. I have copied th .vhd file and did the upgrade.
Now the hyper-v network is not working so I stopped it and remove the rule and I am reinstalling it again.

after installing it I can just move the .vhd file and it should work? or do I have to do any other configurations. thanks!
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I just did an upgrade this weekend. And I didn't remove it either. The only thing I had to do was remove the networking in Hyper-V and then add it back. If you didn't erase the config file you should just be able to drop the VHD file back in to place. If you lost the config file you will want to create a new virtual machine using an existing hard drive.
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what if want to move to another server. I just copy the .vhd after the configuration and it should get me back the system without reinstalling it. is that correct?
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In order to move to another server, it is better to export each one of the virtual machines and import them in the new server

In order to export the VMs you just need to right click on them, select export VM and select the desired storage for record them

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Schnell is right. There is a lot of info about importing and exporting. Here is a good link:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/archive/2009/05/22/hyper-v-r2-import-export-part-3-the-ui.aspx

There are other files that sit with VMS, including snapshots, config files, memory saves, etc. The best is to let Hyper-V handle all of it.
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How about Anti-virus software, is it needed for the VM since it is inside another server?
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Yes. In fact some argue its more needed for the vm then for the host. The vm is just like any other pc and requires virus scans, as well as defragmenting.
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thank you
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