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Setting up 2012 Hyper-V want to move VM's

I am going to set up a Hyper-v with 2 vm's (2012 essentials R2 as a DC, and 2012 server w/exchange 2013).  I am reusing the hardware that my SBS 2008 is currently on and have decided for various reasons that it would be just as easy to start from scratch, copy over the users files and export/re-import their mailboxes especially since there are only 10 users.

My question is I have a PC (Not server grade hardware) set as a virtual lab where I have created my set up (Hyper-v with 2 VM's) to check for gotchas and have it all worked out.  What if I recreated my setup in my virtual lab as it would be including setting up all my user accounts and exchange mailboxes then installed Hyper-V on my actual server (Server grade Hardware) and just moved the VM's over to it.  It would save me a lot of time if this would work.
Are there any hardware issues I would run into or other issues where this wouldn't work????  I'm figuring I could set it up at my leisure, move it over, change my IP's and start it up.

Steve
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If you're happy with the VMs as they are currently configured, just turn them off (don't pause or save their state, and export the VMs. It can be tricky to do over a network - ideally export to an external drive (but that can be slow so what might work best is to attach a SATA drive internally, export to that, and then on the server hardware, attach the drive internally (just temporarily) and import. (Exporting to a USB and importing from a USB SHOULD WORK, but can take a very long time).

Just be ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN you never bring up the copied VMs on the same network as the original VMs.
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wrfdchiefAuthor Commented:
Thanks Lee,

I'm glad to hear that it will work.  I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier.  I have been playing a lot in my "lab" set up so for the sake of certainty I will probably just rebuild the whole setup from scratch so I know it is clean.  Now my next question is can I move a VM created in a 2012 Hyper-V to a 2012 R2 Hyper-v???

I have a license for 2012 Essentials and 2012 Standard.  I like some of the new features on 2012 Essentials R2 though so my plan was to purchase a new license for it (read: inexpensive) install 2012 (R1) as a hyper-v server then 2012 E R2 as a VM DC then regular 2012(R1) server as a VM with exchange.  Then I was told NOT to install Essentials R2 on a server 2012 (R1) Hyper-V that it should be 2012 R2 Hyper-v.

I'm getting myself confused here too!!!  What is your take???

Steve
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Haven't tried mixing versions.  It's very good that you have a lab.  DEFINITELY TEST FIRST.

It SHOULD be ok to mix - I run a 2012 VM on a 2008R2 Hyper-V based system with no issue.  HOWEVER, if you could I would install Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 on the production hardware and then you would be running the newest version.  While it SHOULD work, there might be updates required for 2012 to host a 2012 R2 VM.  (Sorry, I have one 2012 R2 server running and it's a Hyper-V host, not a guest).

Note: Purchase a 2012 R2 Standard license gives you rights to install 2012 R2 Essentials (or you could just add the Essentials role).
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wrfdchiefAuthor Commented:
Another thought I had was installing 2012 R2 core ( the free one) but I really dislike doing everything from the command line and my workstations are win7.

My current set up has 2012 E R2 running on a 2012 R1 hyper-v and it "appears" to be running fine.

Steve.
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