Hyper-V Export Restore Question

Posted on 2011-10-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am running Win 2008 Hyper-V server with one VM at this time. This VM runs mysql for a database application we use. This VM is not in prduction yet because I'm trying to make sure I have it as fail safe as I can in case the VM gets corrupt. I have an addition hyper-v virtual host with nothing on it at this time. My question is, if I export this VM to network storage, let's say once a week, & I needed to restore the export to the spare virtual host, is it as simple as just importing the export file(s) to the new virtual host & turing it on to get it back up with data up to date to the last export?
Question by:wantabe2
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    The export really only exports data on the settings for the VM (drives connected, NICs connected, bios settings, where the VHD for the VM is stored, etc.) and the snapshot history, so running the Export will only make a difference if you add new hardware or create new snapshots to the VM. As long as you have one export of the VM available, you can import that into another Hyper-V server and point the resulting server's configuration to the VHD file. Once that's done, the server will come up as though it were always running on that server.
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    point it to the VHD file that is part of the export?
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    I have the single .vhd file for the VM as well as the .vhd that was part of the export along with several other types of files & .xml files & stuff....I just want to make sure I can get this server back online to the point of the last export or last copy of the .vhd file on the same VM it is on or on a new I safe saying I am fine as long as I get a copy of the single .vhd file as well as the export to a LAN storage?

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