KB2868279–Moving A VM From WS2012 R2 Hyper-V To WS2012 Hyper-V Is Not Supported

I have to admit that I find this KB article and support statement to be quite baffling.  It states that:

Moving a virtual machine (VM) from a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host to a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host is not a supported scenario under any circumstances. 
When you try import a VM that is exported from a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host into a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host, you receive the following error message: 

Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from the location <folder location>.
The operation failed with error code ‘32784’.

I am going to raise this with the product group. I see it as a genuine issue because anyone doing an upgrade-migration will require a rollback plan that will work and is supported.

You can move a VM from a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host to a Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host. This is a supported scenario and cane even be done with zero downtime using Cross-Version Live Migration.

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7 Replies to “KB2868279–Moving A VM From WS2012 R2 Hyper-V To WS2012 Hyper-V Is Not Supported”

  1. Hi Aidan, Did you get any useful feedback from MS on this? It’s putting me off trying R2 if there might be issues if I need to roll back. Thanks!

  2. this is bummer..
    why it isn’t supported…
    I need to go back from Win2012 R2 to Win2012….
    any way around this?
    thanks…

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