Hyper-V Remove VM from Inventory (VMware Style)

Hello all,

Applies for Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012 !

Let’s say you need to remove a VM from the Hyper-v inventory without deleting the VM itself and then re-register it.

You can follow these steps to delete the specific file symbolic link:

1.Navigate to the folder of the VM you want to unregistered. You will find a XML file like “E8C72757-998B-4554-8570-9072601C74FA.XML” in the subfolder Virtual Machines.Note:”

E8CB2757-498B-4554-8570-9082601C74FA” is the GUID of this VM.

2.Navigate to “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\” (it’s a hidden path), delete the “E8CB2757-498B-4554-8570-9082601C74FA.XML”. The specific VM will disappeared in Hyper-V Manager console.

Note: The above steps only delete the file symbolic link, the VM and its configuration will be kept in your HDD.

Re-registering :

Bringing this VM back, you can perform the following steps:

1.Open an elevated command prompt, navigate to “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\Virtual Machines\”

2.Run the following command:

Mklink GUID.xml “D:\VM\Test-VM\Virtual Machines\GUID.xml”

Note: The GUID is the GUID of the specific virtual machine. You can get this number from the location where you put the configuration file (the .xml file). I am assuming that you put this configuration file at “D:\VM\Test-VM\Virtual Machines\GUID.xml”.


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