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?
It's recommende to Export and Import as per my EE Article
HOW TO: Migrate a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host server (http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2012/A_12274.html)
Last article we focus in how to VMware: How to create and use VMs TAGs – Part 1 so before follow this article and perform the next tasks, you should read the first article how to create the TAG before using them in Veeam Backup Jobs.
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how they can get their files copied out from their unbootable system without need to use recovery services. As an example non-bootable Windows 2012R2 installation is used which has boot problems.