How to export a virtual machine directly to a network share

When moving virtual machines between Hyper-V servers it is often useful to be able to export directly into the folder where the virtual machine will reside on the new host. This saves a lot of time and disk space. Here is what you need to do:
  1. Make sure that both your source and destination Hyper-V servers are in the same forest.
  2. Share the folder where the virtual machine will be exported to.
    (This is on the destination server).
  3. Grant NTFS permissions to BOTH the user running the Hyper-V Manager on the source machine and the computer account of the source machine, for the export folder.
  4. Grant Sharing permissions to BOTH the user running the Hyper-V Manager on the source machine and the computer account of the source machine, for the export folder.
  5. Export the virtual machine using the UNC path of the share you created in step 2 as the destination.

These requirements are also covered in the Hyper-V release notes (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754747.aspx).

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