Recovering virtual machines

You’re Hyper-V host has crashed. You’ve managed to recover all the virtual machine files for the virtual machines that had been running on the host. These files include the base VHD files, the Virtual Machines directory with XML BIN and VSV files, and the Snapshots directory with XML BIN VSV and AVHD files. You want to import these files onto a new Hyper-V host to recover the virtual machines to the state they had before the original host died. How can you do this?

You can do this in two ways, First, you can manually re-registering the virtual machines on a new host running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 as explained in the following blog post:

And second, if your new host is running Windows Server 2012 then you can simply import the virtual machines onto the new host.

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Mitch Tulloch is an eleven-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud computing technologies.  Mitch is also Senior Editor of WServerNews. For more information about him see

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