Cross Post - Upgrade/Move Hyper V 2008R2 to Hyper V 2016 Standard



  • I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 box running Hyper-V and hosting 1 VM that I want to upgrade New fresh Server 2016
    The server has a RAID 5 set that has the Host OS installed on it.
    The VM configuration files set in the default location (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V).
    What is the best way ?
    Export 2008r2 VM to external device and Import this VM to Windows 2016

    Thanks!



  • I think you already have your answer, but are you also going to upgrade your VM as well? Are you going to do an in-place upgrade or are you going to move everything over?



  • The simple, most direct approach would be to download Hyper-V 2016 from here, and install that onto the bare metal after you've made a backup of the VM.

    Veeam can do this easily as it offers bare metal restore capabilities (meaning it should restore without issue to a different hypervisor).



  • @dustinb3403 said in Cross Post - Upgarde/Move Hyper V 2008R2 to Hyper V 2016 Standard:

    Veeam can do this easily as it offers bare metal restore capabilities (meaning it should restore without issue to a different hypervisor).

    Why not just go ahead and do it both ways? Just in case one medium fails, you have your second.



  • @nerdydad said in Cross Post - Upgrade/Move Hyper V 2008R2 to Hyper V 2016 Standard:

    @dustinb3403 said in Cross Post - Upgarde/Move Hyper V 2008R2 to Hyper V 2016 Standard:

    Veeam can do this easily as it offers bare metal restore capabilities (meaning it should restore without issue to a different hypervisor).

    Why not just go ahead and do it both ways? Just in case one medium fails, you have your second.

    I'm not following the logic you're recommending.



  • @dustinb3403 said in Cross Post - Upgarde/Move Hyper V 2008R2 to Hyper V 2016 Standard:

    I have a Windows Server 2008 R2 box running Hyper-V and hosting 1 VM that I want to upgrade New fresh Server 2016
    The server has a RAID 5 set that has the Host OS installed on it.
    The VM configuration files set in the default location (C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V).
    What is the best way ?
    Export 2008r2 VM to external device and Import this VM to Windows 2016

    Thanks!

    Just make sure to select Generation 1.



  • You've already suggested copying the disks off of the hypervisor directly, and you have also suggested backing up the VM with Veeam. I was simply suggesting doing both on 2 different mediums, so that, in case one fails, you have the other medium with your data still intact.

    As to your parts earlier, I see where you are going with your hypervisor, blowing away 2008R2 with 2016 Hyper-V. That part is easy and makes sense. What I was asking later was about the OS of your VM. Are you going to in place upgrade that to 2016 or are you going to create a new 2016 VM and move everything over?



  • Now as a general recommendation (really never do this), don't install Windows Server onto the bare metal, install your hypervisor to the bare metal. In this case Hyper-V.

    Apply your licensing to the 2 VM's that you are allowed to create with Standard (and up licensing) then you'll be allowed to move your VM's around every 90 days or sooner for hardware failures etc.