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Import VMs Exported from Hyper-V 2019 to Hyper-V 2012 R2 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    We have a situation that we have to do the following:

    1. Move (Export/Import) VMs from Hyper-V 2012 R2 (Old Site) to new Hyper-V 2019 (new site)
    2. Add some VHDX to the moved VMs at Hyper-V 2019, and do some upgrade with the custom applications inside VMs
    3. Will keep Hyper-V 2012 R2 (old site) (that host other Apps/VMs) as a disaster recovery platform, so they will keep exporting VMs from Hyper-V 2019 (new site), and import it at Hyper-V 2012 R2 (old site)

    Questions are:

    • Is it supported to move (Export/Import) VMs from Hyper-V 2019 to Hyper-V 2012 R2?
    • What  we need to consider when creating/attaching new Virtual Disks at Hyper-V 2019 (new site) to VMs that maybe later imported at Hyper-V 2012 (old site) in case of disaster?
    • Any other points that need to be considered in this scenario?

    To share more thought related to this scenario:

    • We have to keep all VMs at Hyper-V 2019 (new site) as G1 including any new VM this to avoid any issue when move it back to Hyper-V 2012 R2 (old site).

    Any other points related to disk type, whatever configuration, supportability….? knowing that this will be temp scenario till they build Hyper-V 2019 at old site.

    Regards,

    Maged

    Friday, July 17, 2020 3:42 PM

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  • Hello Maged,

    I am a bit confused by this, you are importing/exporting VM's for DR not using Hyper-V replica??

    Here is a Hyper-V chart that shows the versions supported by OS. You should use the same version 5.0 according to this post and this post for backwards compatibility if you are using Hyper-V for DR.

     


    Miguel Fra
    Falcon IT Services
    https://www.falconitservices.com

     





    • Edited by Miguel Fra Friday, July 17, 2020 5:16 PM
    Friday, July 17, 2020 4:29 PM
  • Hi,

    It is not full DR, it is a temp solution until have new infrastructure in both sites with available WAN link.

    So from articles, can I take imported VMs in Hyper-V 2019 and Export/Import it back into Hyper-V 2012 R2 as cold standby? 

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 5:26 PM

    • Is it supported to move (Export/Import) VMs from Hyper-V 2019 to Hyper-V 2012 R2?

    Should be Ok to do. Worst case copy over the VHD then try creating a new VM on 2019 with an identical configuration as shown on 2012, then when you get to step Connect Virtual Hard Disk choose Use an existing and point to the 2012 VHD.

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    Saturday, July 18, 2020 6:01 PM
  • Export will be from 2019 & Import into 2012 R2, the reason as explained it will be a temp manual DR scenario for short period.

    So it is working & supported?

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:31 AM
  • You wouldn't be able to export from 2019 and import on 2012 because the configuration file format changed to binary. 2012 will not understand the newer format. It should be possible to copy over the VHD then try creating a new VM on 2012 with an identical configuration as shown on 2019, then when you get to step Connect Virtual Hard Disk choose Use an existing and point to the 2019 VHD you copied.

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.


    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:18 PM
  • This is what I thought as a solution to utilize Hyper-V 2012 R2 to host exported VMs from Hyper-V 2019.
    Monday, July 27, 2020 11:06 AM
  • Sounds good.

     

    (please don't forget to mark helpful replies as answer)

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Monday, July 27, 2020 12:43 PM