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How to: Exporting a VM in Windows Server 2012

Jose Velazquez
by Atlantic.Net (71posts) under Managed Server Hosting
Verified and Tested 03/31/2015


In this how-to we will walk you through Cloning/Exporting a VM in Windows Server 2012. The Windows Hyper-V term for cloning is called export. The Export features in Hyper-V is the ability to make and export an exact image of a virtual machine and import it on another host.  This process can be done while the server is active, as it captures whatever the server has up to the point of the export.


– A Server with Windows Server 2012

– A Virtual Machine that you want Cloned or Replicated


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

Open your Hyper-V server from Hyper-V Manger/ Right click on your virtual machine and select the Export option.

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

Select the directory location where you want to export your virtual machine then click Export.

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This is the output that you will see after the Export. Confirm Snapshots, Virtual Disk and Virtual Machine.

After the export is completed, you will be able to see the all export files in the folder.

Congratulations! You have just cloned/Exporting a VM in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To and feel free to check back with us for any new updates and related posts such as How to Import a VM Export on Windows Server 2012. Atlantic.Net has a variety of hosting solutions including windows cloud servers, managed cloud servers, and one-click install applications like WordPress Cloud Hosting.

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