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How to Register Virtual Machines on a Host

Updated: October 21, 2008

Applies To: Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1

Before you can use Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to manage a virtual machine on a host, the virtual machine’s files must be registered on the host. This is done automatically whenever you create, deploy, or migrate a virtual machine on a host. However, you might have files for a virtual machine that has not been previously registered on a host in VMM, or you might need to move a virtual machine, outside of VMM, from one host to another.

You can use the VMs tab in the Host Properties dialog box to register virtual files that are already located on the host. After you have registered the virtual machine files, VMM discovers the virtual machines automatically the next time it runs a host refresh. The virtual machines then appear in Virtual Machines view in the VMM Administrator Console.

To register virtual machines on a host

  1. In Hosts view, navigate to the host group that contains the host and then, in the Actions pane, click Properties.

  2. Click the VMs tab and then, in the Register the following virtual machines area, click Browse, and then do one of the following:

    • For a host that is running Virtual Server, browse to the folder containing the virtual machine configuration files (.vmc) file, click the file, click OK, and then click OK again.

    • For a host that is running Hyper-V, browse to the folder containing the virtual machine files, click the folder, click OK, and then click OK again.

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