Hyper-V Virtual Machine Import Types

imageHyper-V 3.0 VM import wizard has three import types. As the options are not very clear, below are the explanations to when to use each:


Register the virtual machine in-place (use the existing unique ID): This registers the VM to Hyper-V in place without changing anything (location/ID etc)

Restore the virtual machine (use the existing unique ID): This option is used when the VM files need to be moved to another location from the original location (for example, the VM might be on remote share, usb harddisk etc)

Copy the virtual machine (create a new unique ID): This copies the VM, for example, you might have template and want to just create a new VM from this template. this will create a unique ID each time, and register the VM in Hyper-V.

When the 2nd or 3rd option is selected you will be presented with more choices


Bulent Tolu

Bulent Tolu

Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware.
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