Share Hyper-V VM – Easy way to clone virtual machines

The Hyper-V Manager for many years has the opportunity Hyper-V virtual machines through export and import to duplicate or move when there is no possibility of a live migration is available. Unfortunately, this is the case under Windows 10.

About the function


you can easily create a current image of the VM and easily import it back into Hyper-V Manager. In this guide, we describe exactly how this process works.

Share Hyper-V VM

First you have to ” share ” the VM . This currently only works via a corresponding icon in the remote control of the VM, also called VMConnect . How did you identify this button in the following illustration.

Share Hyper-V VM

Unfortunately, this sharing function only exists here and not directly in the Hyper-V Manager. However, it can be assumed that Microsoft will also integrate this share function in the upcoming Windows 10 versions in the Hyper-V Manager.

After you have started the sharing process , you will be asked for a storage location for the shared VM , as you can see here.

VMCZ file

Do not interrupt sharing process

If you have selected the storage location and the “Share” process is active , you will not receive an active message as soon as the export process has been successfully completed. Please be patient because this sharing process can take several minutes and it may appear that the sharing function was not successful. You only see a small progress bar in the status bar of the display

Virtual machine is released …

Virtual machine is released ...

After a few minutes it is

VMCZ file

generated. The VMCZ file is a new file format that contains all information about the cloned VM . Current versions of the 7Zip Tool can easily display and extract the contents of the file. Ultimately, the VMCZ file contains all the data you need for a successful import.

Hyper-V VMCZ file opened in 7zip

Import VMCZ file

The interesting thing is that you can easily import this shared virtual machine again. A double click on the VMCZ file is enough and the program starts



This Hyper-V utility can process these VMCZ files and guides you quickly through the entire VM import process . After starting, the following window appears first.

Import virtual machine

Import virtual machine

Not much information is visible in this somewhat misshapen window. The name of the VM to be imported is displayed and you have the option of canceling the import process or importing the virtual machine .

The following display then appears

Extracting virtual computer ...

The message

Virtuel Hard Disks VM name is extracted …

indicates that the VMIMPORTER is extracting the VMCZ file . This process can take several minutes depending on the size of the VM.

The following screen is then displayed.

The virtual machine was created successfully

The message is:

The virtual machine was created successfully

Now you have the option of using

Edit Settings

Revise and, if necessary, adjust the Hyper-V setting of the new and imported VM. over


the VMConnect console is then called up and you can start the VM or adjust the Hyper-V settings if necessary.

Split VM imported into Hyper-V

Overall, the ” Hyper-V Share ” function is a wonderful and helpful extension, which is unfortunately still relatively unknown at the moment.

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