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Importing a VM from Hyper-V 2008 R2 to Hyper-V 2012 R2

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During the holidays I stumbled about Hyper-V and importing an exported virtual machine from Hyper-V 2008 R2 to Hyper-V 2012. Well, of course, exporting, copying the files onto the new host machine and importing. Sounds easy – and how it´s supposed to work - but the Hyper-V 2012 says “There´s no spoon virtual machine to import”!

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The Import Wizard error message says:
Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from location “<path>”.

Glad that I found a great article about this problem by Rhoderick Milne [MSFT] on TechNet!

Windows Hyper-V 2012 & 8.1 Hyper-V Did Not Find Virtual Machine to Import

The article is really worth to be read! Here´s a short conclusion about the main topics in there:

So, my (simple) solution was: My original Hyper-V 2008 host is still available. Shut down the VM so that it´s stopped and go to the folder where the virtual machine configuration files are stored. In my case this is C:\VPC\Virtual Machines.

Locate the (last) VM configuration file, check if it´s the right one (here work16).

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Once you´re sure it´s the right file, copy the file (here "79E8CB8E-6B7F-429B-B70C-8AD0E807435D.xml”) to the new Hyper-V 2012 machine. I copied it to the same directory of the exported VM.

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Now, import the VM with the path where the config file is stored.

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And – tataaa – now it works!

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The rest behaves as expected… reuse the existing VM-ID, locate the existing VHDs (D:\VPC\work16\Virtual Hard Disks\), connect the NIC and so on.

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When done, the import action should be look like this summary.

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That´s it. Happy importing (again)! Zwinkerndes Smiley


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