hyper-v 2016 hosts in a workgroup-migrate guest VM


2 windows 2016 with hyper-v role in a workgroup(2 hosts in a workgroup)

I have 2 guest DCs(2008r2) on one host and I need to migrate one DC on another host.

Since hosts are in a workgroup live migration is not an option?

Is this proper way to migrate DC on another workgroup host?


Its DC server,so Im careful because I dont want to change SID or something like that J

So,I just need to copy(or cut and paste?) vhd disk(without configuration files?) to another host and attached to new VM?

Is there anything in this process to pay attention?
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An Average Forum Participant Just For FunHardware Tester and DebuggerCommented:
Hi! :)

The problem is that, the Hyper-V operation not only use the current logon user credential, Hyper-V operation also use system credential, which is computer account. So we should grant permission for the Hyper-V host computer account on the network share. This can be done if the Hyper-V host and network share server in the same domain, we can’t add computer account permission in a workgroup environment.

If your Hyper-V host and network share server are in the same domain, refer to this article to configure permission and export VM to network share.

Exporting to / Importing from a network share [Hyper-V]
Exporting Hyper-V VMs Over the Network

While, if the Hyper-V host is in a workgroup environment, you can use System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) to migrate a Virtual Machine to a different host. But you should have SCVMM first. The easiest way is mentioned by Mike, shutdown the VM, copy it’s VHD to new host. Create a new VM on the new host and attach the coped VHD.

For more information please refer to following MS articles:

Virtual Machine Migration Guide: How To Migrate from Virtual Server to Hyper-V
How to Migrate a Virtual Machine to a Different Host

Hope this helps!

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