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Beginner: How to Import and Export Virtual Machines in Hyper-V


Today we have a look at how we can backup our virtual machines on one server, and then restore them on another server configured to run Hyper-V without requiring any third-party tools.

Exporting a Virtual Machine

To get started, open up the Hyper-V Manager MMC Console.


Now right-click on the virtual machine you wish to export, and select export from the context menu.


Hit the browse button and select the folder you wish to save your exported virtual machine, then click on the export button.


Once the export is complete, you can see your exported virtual machine by going to the location you selected.


Importing a Virtual Machine

Importing a virtual machine can also be done through Hyper-V Manager, to do so click on the Import Virtual Machine link on the right-hand side.


Now navigate to the exported virtual machine and be sure to select folder that your virtual machine was exported into. You can leave the rest of the settings at their defaults and click the import button.


It may take a while for your machine to import depending on its size, but that’s all there is to it.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/5/12

Comments (1)

  1. Russell

    Firefox(Mozilla) buries it’s profile(favorites) under appdata or application data for XP. I used the FOR command to copy out the specific folder, but I want to copy the folder to a server creating the user it copied from on the server then dumping the folder under the username. I might have 10 or 20 users I need to do this for.

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