Error message when you try to export a virtual machine on a Windows Server 2008-based computer that uses Hyper-V: An error occurred while attempting to export the virtual machine

Error message when you try to export a virtual machine on a Windows Server 2008-based computer that uses Hyper-V: An error occurred while attempting to export the virtual machine

Article ID : 954280
Last Review : June 20, 2008
Revision : 1.0

SYMPTOMS

When you try to export a virtual machine on a Windows Server 2008-based computer that uses Hyper-V, you may receive the following error message:

An error occurred while attempting to export the virtual machine.
Virtual machine name failed to export.

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CAUSE

This issue may occur if one of the following conditions is true:

• The virtual machine is configured to use a virtual hard disk that no longer exists.
• The virtual machine is configured to use a virtual hard disk for which the virtual hard disk path is incorrect.
• The virtual machine is configured to use a virtual network that no longer exists.

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RESOLUTION

To resolve this issue, follow these steps:

1. Open the Hyper-V Microsoft Management Console (MMC). To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Hyper-V Manager.
2. Right-click the virtual machine that did not export, and then click Settings.
3. Examine the network adapters or the legacy network adapters to see whether there is a configuration error message listed.
4. Take one of the following actions, depending on whether a configuration error message is listed:

• If a configuration error message is listed, select the network adapter that lists the configuration error message, click a valid virtual network in the Network drop-down list, and then click OK.

Or, click Not connected in the Network drop-down list, and then click OK.

• If a configuration error message is not listed, verify that the hard drives point to valid virtual hard disk (.vhd) files, and then click OK.

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5. Right-click the virtual machine that did not export, and then click Export.
6. Select the location where you want to export the virtual machine, and then click Export.

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APPLIES TO
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
• Windows Server 2008 Datacenter
• Windows Server 2008 Standard
• Windows Web Server 2008
• Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

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