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Windows Hyper-V-Server

Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from location ... error code 32784

When trying to import a virtual machine using the "Import Virtual Machine..." function of Hyper-V manager, the following error is encountered:

Hyper-V did not find virtual machines to import from location 'C:\Some\Folder'.

The operation failed with error code '32784'.

Where C:\Some\Folder in the above is the folder that you are trying to import from.

The Cause

This error is encountered when trying to import a virtual machine into Hyper-V Server 2012 which was exported from Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (or Hyper-V on Windows 8.1). Since Hyper-V Server 2012 is an earlier version than Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Microsoft regard this as an unsupported scenario. Doing it the other way round should be fine, but just not from a newer version of Hyper-V to an older version.

Whilst it does not provide anything helpful there is an a Microsoft knowledge abase article that describes this problem:

The Solution

There is no solution to this problem ... but there are workarounds:

  • Workaround 1: Create a new virtual machine and use the exported virtual hard drive.

    What has changed between the original release and R2 is the format of the configuration data. Fortunately the format of the virtual hard drive (or drives) has not changed. So a workaround is to create a new virtual machine, don't create a new virtual hard drive but instead use the exported virtual hard drive(s). You should try to keep the configuration as close as possible to the original, and this will be much easier if you still have access to the settings of the virtual machine on the export server. Failing that a reasonable guess as to the amount of RAM, number of processors and network configuration will most likely work. You will need to review the network settings - as it will have a new network card the IP address will default to DHCP which is fine unless you need it to have a static IP address.

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