Export-VM

Exports a virtual machine to disk.

Syntax

Export-VM
      [-Name] <String[]>
      [-Path] <String>
      [-AsJob]
      [-ComputerName <String[]>]
      [-Passthru]
Export-VM
      [-VM] <VirtualMachine[]>
      [-Path] <String>
      [-AsJob]
      [-Passthru]

Description

The Export-VM cmdlet exports a virtual machine to disk. This cmdlet creates a folder at a specified location having three subfolders: Snapshots, Virtual Hard Disks, and Virtual Machines. The Snapshots and Virtual Hard Disks folders contain the snapshots of and virtual hard disks of the specified virtual machine respectively. The Virtual Machines folder contains the configuration XML of the specified virtual machine.

Examples

Example 1

PS C:\>Export-VM -Name Test -Path D:\

Exports virtual machine Test to the root of the D drive.

Example 2

PS C:\>Get-VM | Export-VM -Path D:\

Exports all virtual machines to the root of the D drive. Each virtual machine will be exported to its own folder.

Required Parameters

-Name

Specifies the name of the virtual machine to be exported.

Type:String[]
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:True
-Path

Specifies the path to the folder into which the virtual machine is to be exported.

Type:String
Position:2
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:True
-VM

Specifies the virtual machine to be exported.

Type:VirtualMachine[]
Position:1
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:True (ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters:False

Optional Parameters

-AsJob

Specifies that the cmdlet is to be run as a background job.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-ComputerName

Specifies one or more Hyper-V hosts on which the virtual machine is to be exported. NetBIOS names, IP addresses, and fully-qualified domain names are allowable. The default is the local computer - use "localhost" or a dot (".") to specify the local computer explicitly.

Type:String[]
Position:Named
Default value:.
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False
-Passthru

Specifies that a Microsoft.Virtualization.Powershell.VirtualMachine object is to be passed through to the pipeline representing the virtual machine to be exported.

Type:SwitchParameter
Position:Named
Default value:None
Accept pipeline input:False
Accept wildcard characters:False

Outputs

None by default; Microsoft.Virtualization.Powershell.VirtualMachine if -PassThru is specified.