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This is the built-in help made by Microsoft for the command 'Import-VM', in PowerShell version 5 - as retrieved from Windows version 'Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard' PowerShell help files on 2016-06-23.

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Imports a virtual machine from a file.


Import-VM [-CompatibilityReport] <VMCompatibilityReport> [-AsJob] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Import-VM [-Path] <String> [[-VhdDestinationPath] <String>] [-AsJob] [-ComputerName <String[]>] [-GenerateNewId] [-SmartPagingFilePath <String>] [-SnapshotFilePath <String>]
[-VhdSourcePath <String>] [-VirtualMachinePath <String>] -Copy [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]
Import-VM [-Path] <String> [-AsJob] [-ComputerName <String[]>] [-Register] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [<CommonParameters>]

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The Import-VM cmdlet imports a virtual machine from a file.



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Example 1

PS C:\>Import-VM –Path 'D:\Test\VirtualMachines\5AE40946-3A98-428E-8C83-081A3C6BD18C.XML'

Imports the virtual machine from its configuration file. The virtual machine is registered in-place, so its files are not copied.

Example 2

PS C:\>Import-VM -Path 'D:\Test2\Virtual Machines\8F148B6D-C674-413E-9FCC-4FBED185C52D.XML' –Copy -GenerateNewId

Imports the virtual machine by copying its files to the default virtual machine and virtual hard drive storage locations of the Hyper-V host. The imported virtual machine
will be given a new unique identifier, not the one in the configuration file. This is useful when you want to import multiple copies of a virtual machine, since each virtual
machine must have a unique identifier.

Example 3

Attempts import of a virtual machine; the attempt fails due to incompatibilities with the Hyper-V host.
PS C:\>Import-VM -Path 'D:\vm1\Virtual Machines\53EAE599-4D3B-4923-B173-6AEA29CB7F42.XML'
Import-VM : Unable to import virtual machine due to configuration errors. Please use Compare-VM to repair the virtual machine.
At line:1 char:1
+ import-vm -Path 'D:\vm1\Virtual Machines\53EAE599-4D3B-4923-B173-6AEA29CB7F42.XM ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Import-VM], VirtualizationOperationFailedException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.HyperV.PowerShell.Commands.ImportVMCommand

Gets a compatibility report that describes the attempted import and lists the virtual machine’s incompatibilities with the Hyper-V host.
PS C:\>$report = Compare-VM -Path 'D:\vm1\Virtual Machines\53EAE599-4D3B-4923-B173-6AEA29CB7F42.XML'

Displays the compatibility report, revealing that the virtual network adapter was connected to switch Production. The Hyper-V host has no switch by that name.
PS C:\>$report.Incompatibilities | Format-Table -AutoSize
Message MessageId Source
------- --------- ------
Could not find Ethernet switch 'Production'. 33012 Microsoft.HyperV.PowerShell.VMNetworkAdapter

Disconnects the virtual network adapter.
PS C:\>$report.Incompatibilities[0].Source | Disconnect-VMNetworkAdapter

Generates a new compatibility report to determine if the virtual machine is compatible with the Hyper-V host.
PS C:\>Compare-VM –CompatibilityReport $report

Displays the compatibility report.
PS C:\>$report
VM : Microsoft.HyperV.PowerShell.VirtualMachine
OperationType : ImportVirtualMachine
Destination : HYPER-V-1
Path : D:\vm1\Virtual Machines\53EAE599-4D3B-4923-B173-6AEA29CB7F42.XML
SnapshotPath : D:\vm1\Snapshots
VhdDestinationPath :
VhdSourcePath :
Incompatibilities :

Imports the virtual machine.
PS C:\>import-vm -CompatibilityReport $report
Name State CPUUsage(%) MemoryAssigned(M) MemoryDemand(M) MemoryStatus Uptime Status ReplicationState
---- ----- ----------- ----------------- --------------- ------------ ------ ------ ----------------
VM1 Off 0 0 0 00:00:00 Operating normally Disabled

Imports a virtual machine whose configuration is not compatible with the Hyper-V host.