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how to restore a 2008 r2 server from a win server backup to a different Hyper-V host.

I have been trying to do a restore of a production server using that 2008 r2 windows server backup files to our new lab environment (isolated from production network).  The source server was a virtual instance (Hyper-V) and the target server will be a virtual instance (hyper-v)
When creating the new instance on the target host hyper-v manager, I have tried to use both regular and legacy network connectors but still am unable to connect to the location containing the backup files. (copied to target host server and booting this new instance to svr 2008 r2 install CD)  I know there has to be a way to do this, but I just can't seem to pick the right method when searching other forums.  I keep getting "the nework path was not found. (0x80070035)" error.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is this a physical to virtual restore ?
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mindragonAuthor Commented:
the source backup files are from a virtual instance (hyper-v, in our production network) and the target is also a hyper-v, but in our isolated lab environment.  Those source files (entire set of backed up files--xml and vhd) have been copied to the target hyper-v host.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can you virtual machine reach the network with the file share which contains the backup?
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mindragonAuthor Commented:
which copy set, the one from the original backup files or the set that was copied over to the target virtual host? (remember, this target host is in a identical to production domain, lab environment so it must stay isolated from the production environment)  That is why I copied the backup set to the target hyper-v host.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
either, as long as it's reachable on the network from the VM.
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mindragonAuthor Commented:
when trying to connect i get the error mentioned in the posted question.  Even though i get prompted for credentials.  I followed instructions given at
http://www.backupassist.com/blog/support/how-to-restore-a-server-2008-image-backup-to-a-new-hyper-v-vm-from-nas/ 
with the same results.
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mindragonAuthor Commented:
anybody else?  I welcome all . . .
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I haven't had much luck restoring VMs either. So when I need to I take the long way around (which ends up taking less time). I restore the virtual disks to different location on the target host--just the disk and not the entire VM. Then on the "new" host I create a new VM with all the settings I want, except I leave the hard disk as "create later". Then once I ahve the new VM setup I copy the virtual disks and move them into the new VM folder and then go back into VM settings and create disks for the new VM by browsing to the location and that works for me--every time. Only downside is have to re-create all the settings but in the long run it takes less time than fighting with a restore from backup into a new host.
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
Well this questioner requested additional help from experts and when he did I responded and after making my suggestion the requests for help stopped so I must assume my suggestion worked so that should be a valid answer to the question.
comment https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/28476371/how-to-restore-a-2008-r2-server-from-a-win-server-backup-to-a-different-Hyper-V-host.html#a40227230
thank you
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