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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?
Andy Mlad
Andy Mlad
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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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