How to migrate Hyper-V server VM from Server to Windows Laptop?

Is it possible to migrate a VM that's running on a 2012 Hyper-V server to a Windows 8.1 Pro laptop, so that the VM can run instead on this laptop?

This is for a colleague that wants to be able to work on this VM while offline and not connected to our network or any network.

He has put a lot of work into this VM and does not want to rebuild it.

Thanks
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Brian MurphyIT ArchitectCommented:
Microsoft disk2vhd.  Do reverse image
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415


One way.  You can also create a boot volume and choose which image to boot.
Brian MurphyIT ArchitectCommented:
Second Option.  Free as well.  Download OracleBox Virtual Machine Manager.

Supports VHD, VHDX, VMDK

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/pt/server-storage/virtualbox/downloads/index.html

Download Oracle Box and Extension Kit

This is broader in that you can download pre-built VM's
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/community/developer-vm/

Depending on RAM and other resources you can Run Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Server 2012, et cetera from a single laptop.

This is what I do.
Brian MurphyIT ArchitectCommented:
For the offline, free Oracle Box is best bet.
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McKnifeCommented:
Or simply rightclick the machine and select export. Will start without issues, might need only network modifications.

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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We set up VMs to run on USB 3 external drives. If a SSD is installed in the enclosure we can easily saturate the USB 3 bus with our VM usage.

I do a lot of demos via my laptops. :)

Export the VM straight on to the USB3 drive then plug in to the laptop and import. It should just work.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Disk2VHD, Virtual Box, WTF .. just do what Philip Elder suggested.. export and import is easier.  you do need to have the hyper-v role enabled on the laptop.
Anand PandyaCommented:
Since both are Microsoft technologies, you can do one thing copy the vhd and paste it on the you windows 8 machine. create a new machine in windows 8.1 machine and attach the VHD's.
I think it should work :)
McKnifeCommented:
Thanks Anand for being the 4th to suggest a simple export ;-)
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