Steve Whitcher showed me a great simple Powershell command to Export a VM directly from a host onto a NAS. Export-VM -Name [VMNAME] -path \\NAS\SHARE.
This helped me get around what appears (according to my perhaps incorrect understanding) to be an outstanding issue in what user and host computer accounts Hyper-V Manager evokes to gain access to the network share (apparently)...although setting the everyone user full access on the NAS (NTFS and Share level) did not solve this problem...
"An error occurred while attempting to export the virtual machine. Failed to create export directory. Failed to create export directory with error 'General access denied error' (0x80070005)"
Anyway, so until either I can get my head around the actual cause of the error, or MS releases a fix for Hyper-V Manager that invokes the export/import process as a the domain admin account I am using, I was wondering if someone could provide me with another simple Powershell command that can be run from the host? One that allows me to import virtual machines back onto the host from the NAS, without wiping out existing files on the host as well as making sure the whole VM file structure is on a single data store. No fancy (lol), separate data stores for different elements of the files that comprise the VM :-)
I tried the Hyper-V Manage GUI (which I run on a server separate from the Hyper-v server hosts) and although it could see the VM folders, it could not see the files inside (again residing on the NAS) and as such had no targets to import from. I of course tried leaving it on the top level folder to do the import, and it threw an error saying it could not find the virtual machines to import from location...
Thanks for the help and insight.