Virtual Machine Migration in Hyper-V

Hyper-V role migration involves moving the virtual machines, virtual networks, and all the associated settings from one physical computer to another physical computer in the enterprise. The process supports moving from a server running Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 to a server running Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2. The Hyper-V role does not depend on any other roles.

Installing Hyper-V Role in windows Server 2012 R2

  1. Install Windows Server 2012 R2 on the new server hardware.
  2. Install the Hyper-V role on the server.
  3. Configure the following Hyper-V settings, for example:
    • The default location for virtual hard disks and virtual machine configuration files.
    • Live migration settings. Even if live migration was not previously configured, you must enable and configure live migration on both servers.
    • Virtual switches.
    • Hyper-V Administrators local group membership.
  4. Install the latest updates.
  5. You must have Three computers running with Windows Server 2012 as follows:
    • Computer 1: Promote DC.
    • Computer 2 and
    • Computer 3: Member of Domain and install DHCP Service.


Perform this procedure on the source server running Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. To move the virtual machine to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2

  1. On the source server running Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, open the Hyper-V Manager console, and then select the virtual machine that you want to move.
  2. From the Actions pane, click Move. This action opens the Move Wizard.
  3. On the Choose Move Type page, select Move the virtual machine.
  4. On the Specify Destination Computer, specify the name or server that is running Windows Server 2012 R2.
  5. On the Choose Move Options page, select Move only the virtual machine.
  6. Migration is complete.

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