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Copy and import or export and import Hyper-v

I am upgrading my OS on my server.  Going from SBS 2008 to 2012 Hyper-v with Essentials R2 as a VM and 2012 standard with Exchange 2013 as a second VM.  In order to save some time I have these already set up in a virtual "lab" and was just going to move them to the new 2012 with Hyper-V install on my actual server hardware.
My question is, Can I just copy the VM's over to the new hardware and import them or do I have to export them from my lab, copy the VM's then import into the server Hyper-v???  Is there any benefit to the export routine?

Steve
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Migration of virtual machines from Hyper-V 2008 or 2008 R2 to Hyper-V 2012 R2 by using Export/Import is not supported.

The workarounds:
- Export and import in Windows Server 2012 first and then export and import in Windows Server 2012 R2 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574113.aspx and http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn486799.aspx)
- Move the VM folders from the old server and import them on Windows Server 2012 R2 (http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmilne/archive/2013/10/22/windows-hyper-v-2012-amp-8-1-hyper-v-did-not-find-virtual-machine-to-import.aspx)
- Move the VHD files only (all snapshots must be applied on the old Hyper-V) and create a new virtual machine on Windows Server 2012 R2.
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wrfdchiefAuthor Commented:
Svet,

The current vm's I already have made were created in server 2012.   It will just be moving the vm's from one physical machine to another.

Steve
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Svet PaperovIT ManagerCommented:
Sorry, misunderstood that you want to move from 2008 to 2012.

In such case, the best approach will be to export and import the VM, as Andrew already recommended it.

Svet
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