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I have a machine running on Windows 2012 Hyper-V Server.  I had stopped the VM and exported it. The export created 3 directories, snapshot (empty), virtual hard disks and virtual machines.   There is a issue with its windows system directory and I want to restore it to the last exported copy.

1) How do I restored it back to the original 2012 Hyper-V Server? (I m thinking that I only need the virtual disk.)

2A) Is the 2012 virtual disk compatible with 2008 R2 Server hyper-v?
2B) Is it possible to import the VDD into a new VM running on a different server - Windows 2008 R2 server with Hyper-V instead of Windows 2012 Hyper-V Server?
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You can usually restore it to the original host just by using the virtual disk assuming the following:
a) the host is OK
b) the virtual machine and it's config is fine
c) you haven't been running snapshots

Basically, copy the disk backup over the existing disk that doesn't work and start it up.

If you have created the new VHDX, or chosen to create a new Virtual machine type 2 (version 2) you may not be able to get it running on 2008.
Otherwise it should be largely compatible, with a little tweaking.

You can import the VM into another server generally, but take care that some settings may differ so will need amending before starting the VM up. (eg virtual switches or storage locations may be different.)

Note: take backups before amending or overwriting anything.
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The restore worked but I had to disconnect and reconnect the restored vdd disk in order to get the correct security permissions.

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