Can I move Vhd and VMc between disparate machines

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by eAndy, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. eAndy

    eAndy Guest

    Can I move my virtual drives and machines between physical computers even if
    they have different physical hard drives?

    I have a two machines, one a laptop (IDE based) and the other a server
    (SCSI based).

    Can i create virutal machines on my SCSI based server and move them over to
    my slower IDE based laptop?
     
    eAndy, Dec 20, 2003
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  2. Hello,

    I believe you can, but it isn't supported

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 20, 2003
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    Paul Adare Guest

    microsoft.public.virtualpc news group, Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP]
    You can, and it is supported.
     
    Paul Adare, Dec 20, 2003
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  4. I'll take note of that.

    Thanks

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 20, 2003
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  5. Just curious - can you point to a link saying that MS supports it?

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 21, 2003
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    Paul Adare Guest

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    Can you point to anything that indicates it is not?
     
    Paul Adare, Dec 21, 2003
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  7. I guess you got me on that one ;-)

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 21, 2003
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  8. I guess you got me on that one ;-)

    Really? I see it more as Stalemate - i.e. a draw.

    (Or maybe a draw through three times repetition of position except you never
    got that far)

    I actually think that given all the papers where MS have a long list of what
    is supported by X - you had the edge in the final "position" ...

    On the other hand I think Paul is right and that it is not only possible but
    is one of the main points of things like Virtual-PC.

    Mike Walsh, Helsinki, Finland


     
    Mike Walsh [MVP], Dec 21, 2003
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  9. But I believe VMWare explicitly states that you can copy the config and hard
    drive files between hosts, while VPC doesn't explicitly say it.

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 22, 2003
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  10. eAndy

    Steve H Guest

    There is something in the troubleshooting that indicates that it is
    possible - and expected - that vm's will be moved between hosts:- its in the
    Concepts section of Help - Transfer a Virtual Machine

    a.. "If you plan to transfer a virtual machine to another computer it is
    recommended that the target computer have the same type of processor as the
    one on which the virtual machine was created. For example, a virtual machine
    that was created on a computer with a Pentium 4 should be transferred only
    to another computer running a Pentium 4. "

    Hope this sheds some light on things.



    Steven


     
    Steve H, Dec 22, 2003
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  11. Ah thanks

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    Jonathan Maltz [MS-MVP], Dec 23, 2003
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  12. Let me break the stalemate. :) The whole reason we changed VPC to use
    XML-based configuration files (as opposed to storing configuration data in
    the registry) was to allow users to move these files from one host to
    another. Given that we spent a lot of engineering and test time making this
    feature work, I'd like to think that it's "supported". :)

    - Eric

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    Eric Traut [MSFT], Dec 30, 2003
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