How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host

How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host

 

In this blog post, I’ll show you How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host from a backup job.

With the release of Windows Server 2016 on October 31th, 2016, Microsoft also shipped a new Hyper-V version with many great features and options that make Hyper-V a great Hypervisor machine for small businesses or enterprises.

The 2016 release of Hyper-V bring Enterprise features like Dynamic Memory, Generation 2 Virtua Machine, Advanced PowerShell features like Direct PowerShell connection, Encrypted Virtual machine and much more.

In case you haven’t gotten the Hyper-V Management Console Installed you can Install it on your management workstation using the PowerShell cmdlet below:

Add-WindowsFeature Hyper-V-Tools, Hyper-V-PowerShell

The cmdlet will also load the PowerShell Module that allows the same operation from the shell.

In the case below, I will Import a backed up Virtual Machine into my Hyper-V host and will start the VM and the end of the process.

Please note, that the length of this procedure depends on the Virtual Machine Disk size.

It’s very important to know the backup and restore procedure of Hyper-V as you never know when you will need to restore a Virtual Machine.

To get started, Open the Hyper-V Console and from the left action menu I select Import Virtual Machine

How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host
How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host

Click Next

How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host
How to Import A Virtual Machine to Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Host

In the Locate Folder screen, point to the backup folder where the VM Is located and click next

Hyper-V will find the VM In the folder and will ask you to confirm \ select it.

Next, select the Import type, In the case below I’ll use the same ID

And click Finish to complete the process

Once done, all I need to do Is start the VM

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