Question on running a VM in different Hypervisor client

Hi experts,

I have a Oracle VM Virtual box at home and I want to build a VM for windows 7 on it. I want to take the virtual disk to my work place and run it under the Hyper-V environment. Will that work.

The issue is I have the media at home. Please let m know as I do not want to build a hyper v environment at home and to build a VM.
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Asked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Different Hypervisors, use different hardware, and virtual machine disk formats, so Oracle VM Virtualbox, to Hyper-V, it will need to be converted.

But it's worth a try, if you keep the disk format in a VHD.

If you are using Windows 8.1 Pro and above, why not use Client Hyper-V, and VMs will be very easily portable between the Hyper-V Server and Client Hyper-V.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Another alternative is to use VMware Workstation. I do this and virtual machines are easily portable to a different host because the "hardware" for the VM is part of VMware Workstation.
In VBox Manager, you can click on "File", "Export Appliance".Then you select the VM you want to export, and then you can export it to an OVA file. OVA files can generally be imported into other HyperVisors. I don't know whether you can do that directly with Hyper-V, or whether you need an extra tool for that, but it should work.
SR ZakNetwork Solutions Author Commented:
I have windows 8.1 but I could not run the hyper V on it in the features the Hyper-V platform is greyed out so I can not add the feature. Can you assist and tell me what is the issue.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Windows 8.1 doesn't have Hyper-V.  Windows 8.1 PRO does.  BUT, your hardware must support SLAT and have virtualization technologies enabled in BIOS or it cannot be installed.  If it's an Intel i-series CPU (i3/i5/i7) it should work fine.  Celeron, Pentium, Core 2 Duo, and older AMD CPUs (among others) won't support SLAT and there's nothing you can do.

If you use a VHD (as opposed to VHDX on Hyper-V) I would expect the transition from Hyper-V to Virtualbox to work REASONABLY well.  No promises, but I'd be optimistic that it would work.  It'll be slower since VirtualBox is not a Type 1 Hypervisor, but I would expect it to work (it will probably detect a bunch of new hardware when you load it).
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