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I have a hyper-v server that runs 5 virtual machines. I believe the physical box rebooted last night which is usually not a problem but this morning one of the virual machines is stuck at "restoring 0%". I have rebooted the physical machine and same thing, 4 virtual machines come up fine the 5th gets stuck at "restoring 0%". I right-clicked the VM in hyper-v manager and selected "Cancel restore" and nothing happens. I was able to copy the VHD to another hyper-v box and light it up there so I know the VHD is good.

Any ideas on what to look at next? If I can I would like to just dump the saved state and move on, or if there is a better way to handle it I'm all ears.


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I seem to remember this being a known problem with Server 2008 (non-R2) Hyper-V. Have you installed SP2 and all applicable updates? You should be able to kill the host process and delete the saved data, then restart the VM. – Chris S Aug 17 '10 at 2:35
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Take the VHD that you copied of that VM, and save it. Delete the VM in the Hyper-V manager, move the backed up copy to its original location. Create a new VM, and when it asks to create a hard drive, pick that VHD. This should get you where you want to be.

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