Hyper V importing, exporting & licensing

Running Hyper V host on a Win 2016 server with 2 VMs that are allowed with the licensing. I need to 'replace' one of my VMs temporarily, as part of my move from 2008 SBS to Exchange 2016 & wonder if it's possible to remove one of my VMs, add another for the hop to exchange 2013, then remove that one when finished & restore (or import) the original one back in?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So long as you do not try to run both VM's at once it might work. Microsoft normally checks licensing when a machine is active.
gromackAuthor Commented:
Would I 'deactivate' in some way, (for lack of a better term) the VM I would be replacing?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Turn the inactive machine off. You can try removing the license, but most Microsoft operating systems only allow you to change the license
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a Microsoft article on deactivating and activing a license. This should help you.


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No need to deactivate any VM
MS provides you evaluation copy of server os for 180 days
after installing new VM, activate it online and complete your migration within 6 months
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks and I trust you were able to accomplish your move.
gromackAuthor Commented:
Exchange 2013 up & running, just have so I'm half way there!
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