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How to Import and Export Physical Resources To and From the Library

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Virtual Machine Manager

You can use the following procedures to import and export file-based resources between library servers and library shares in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). This functionality also enables you to transfer files between library servers that are associated with different VMM management servers.

This is the recommended method for self-service users to import and export physical resources to and from the VMM library. This is especially true if the self-service user does not have permissions set outside VMM to access private cloud library shares or their user role data path through Windows Explorer.

Account requirements   You must be a member of the Administrator, Delegated Administrator, or Self-Service user role with the Author permission to complete these procedures. Delegated administrators can only import and export resources to and from library locations that are within the scope of their user role. Self-service users can only import resources to their user role data path in the Self Service User Content node of the VMM library. Self-service users can export resources that are available in their user role data path and in their private cloud library shares.

To import physical resources

  1. Open the Library workspace.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Import group, click Import Physical Resource.

  3. In the Import Library Resources dialog box, click either of the following:

    • Add custom resource

      This option enables you to import a folder and its contents. You can select a folder that has a .CR extension to import the folder as a custom resource package. Or, you can select a folder without a .CR extension that contains one or more files of a supported file type. If you select a folder without a .CR extension, only the files of a supported file type will appear in the VMM library. However, if you use Windows Explorer to access the library share, you can access all files in the folder depending on the file and share permissions that are configured outside VMM.

      TipTip
      If the folder with .CR extension contains more than one hundred file to be imported, it is recommended that you zip the files before the import. This will improve performance.

    • Add resource

      This option enables you to import one or more files of a supported type to another library location. For information about the supported file types, see the table in the “File-based resources” section of Configuring the Library Overview.

  4. If you are an administrator or a delegated administrator, after you have selected the desired resources, under Select library server and destination for the imported resources, click Browse. Then, click the desired library server, the library share, and optionally, the desired folder location, and then click OK.

  5. When you are finished, click Import.

    To verify that the resources were imported, if you are an administrator or a delegated administrator, under Library Servers, locate and then click the target location. In the Physical Library Objects pane, make sure that the resources are listed.

    If you are a self-service user, expand Self Service User Content, and then click the user role data path. In the Self Service User Objects pane, make sure that the resources are listed.

To export physical resources

  1. Open the Library workspace.

  2. On the Home tab, in the Export group, click Export Physical Resource.

  3. In the Export Library Resources dialog box, click Add.

    All physical library resources in the VMM library that the user has access to are listed.

    TipTip
    You can right-click the column header to select which columns appear.

  4. Select the physical resources that you want to export, and then click OK. (To select multiple resources, press and hold the CTRL key, and then click each resource. To select a range, click the first resource in the range, press and hold the SHIFT key, and then click the last resource in the range.)

  5. Under Specify a destination for the export files, click Browse. In the Browse for Folder dialog box, click a destination folder, and then click OK.

  6. When you are finished, click Export.

See Also

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

Tip: Use this query to find online documentation in the TechNet Library for System Center 2012. For instructions and examples, see Search the System Center 2012 Documentation Library.
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