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I got my VHD in Hyper-V and it's running great. Since I got a great big server, I'd like to fire up a number of copies of this VHD. How do I do that? I didn't see anything obvious in the UI.

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You can't run multiple copies of the same VM, but you can clone it and start up multiple individual machines.

I'm going to assume this is straight Hyper-V without any SCVMM installed. So it's a two-step process.

  1. Right-click on the powered-off VM and choose "Export". Run through the export wizard.
  2. On the right-hand bar, click "Import VM".
    • Make sure you select the option "Duplicate the files" so that you can import it multiple times
    • Make sure you select the radio "Copy" (otherwise you end up with duplicate MAC addresses and whatnot)
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you can run multiple copies of the same vhd but not the same vm, just doesn't do much good typically. – tony roth Feb 27 '12 at 23:33

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