How to Add Files to the Library

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

To be used in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), your virtual hard disks, ISO images, and other resources used to create virtual machines must be added to the VMM library. When you add files to an existing library share, the files do not appear in the library until after the next library refresh.

To be able to use the files immediately, you can manually refresh a library share or library server. If you move files within or between library shares, you must manually refresh the destination shares. If you move a stored virtual machine that has never been deployed on a host, both the source and the destination shares must be refreshed to update the paths in the virtual machine configuration.


The location or your virtual hard disks and ISO images greatly affects performance and network traffic during virtual machine creation. For information about planning for a distributed library, see Planning for the VMM Library (

The following procedure tells how to add files to an existing library share and then refresh the library share manually to add the files to the library. For information about adding library servers and library shares, see How to Add a Library Server and How to Add Library Shares.

To add files to an existing library share

  1. On the library server, copy the files to the library share where you want to store them.

  2. In the VMM Administrator Console, display Library view.

  3. In the navigation pane, expand Library Server, and then navigate to the library share that you copied the files to.

  4. With the library share selected, in the Actions pane, under Library Share, click Refresh.

    All files on the share are immediately indexed in Virtual Machine Manager and are added to Library view.

See Also

Other Resources

File Types That Are Indexed During a Library Refresh
Frequently Asked Questions: VMM Library
Planning for the VMM Library
Hardening VMM Library Servers
How to Perform Manual Library Refreshes
How to Configure Library Refreshes