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Introduction

In this how-to we will walk you through importing a VM in Windows Server 2012. Click here for more information on how to export a Virtual Machine.

Prerequisites

– A Server with Windows Server 2012 running Hyper-V.

– The exported VM must be copied to the local host server prior to starting the import.

Importing a VM Export on Windows Server 2012

From Hyper-V Manger, Click on Hyper-V server and select Import Virtual Machine.

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This is the output of the Import option in the Hyper-V Manager

Select the virtual machine folder path (This is the folder that contains the exported machine files).

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This is the output that you will see in order to specify the Import location

Once you’ve selected the path, the next page will show the machine name in Import Virtual Machine page. Select your VM and click next.

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This is the screenshot that you will see to select your virtual machine

Select the Import mode.

Note that exported files can be reused to clone additional VMs only by using “Copy The virtual machine (create a new unique ID)” option.

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This is the screenshot that you will see to Choose your Import Type

– Register the virtual machine in-place
– Restore the virtual machine
– Copy the virtual machine (because we want to reuse the export, we’re using this option)

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This is the screen shot that you will see to specify the location that you want to import your VM

Select the Virtual Machine storage path to store virtual machine files. We’re using the default values here, but if you want to store your VMs in a specific folder, this is where you would make the change.

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This is the screenshot that you will see after you Choose your VM location

Select the folder path to store Virtual Machine hard disk.

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This is the screenshot that you will see after you review and confirmed your options

Review your configuration selection, and click on Finish to complete the import.

Congratulations! You have just Imported A VM in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To! Check back with us for any new updates, and try a Cloud Hosting solution.