Windows Server Add VHD disk or boot from VHD disk #WS2012 #VHD   1 comment

 

Did You know that you can add a VHD disk to your windows 2008 R2 Server and /or boot from it ?

You can easy edit the VHD and reuse it in hyper-v.

So go to disk manager and right click on disk management image

You can create a new VHD. image If you use dynamic make sure you have the disk space that u needed.

I use a fixed disk with windows 7 on it. that I use in hyper-v as golden Image for my desktops.

image fill in the VHD location. image  You can make it read only if you need software install that is on a VHD, I have a VHD with all the ISO files on it that I can mount on every server if I need to install extra software or tools.

But now I use the Windows 7 VHD image now that I mounted the disk I can use it.

I need a WallPaper on the windows 7 image image

image now I can do a offline or detach vhd , If I don;t I get this error in hyper-v

image even if the disk is offline image

image You can also delete the VHD ;-)

image image image

or You can boot from the VHD it is just like in windows 7   mount it and use bcdedit to change the boot string.

below are samples.

bcdedit /set {GUID} device file=[c:]\vhd\win7.vhd
bcdedit /set {GUID} osdevice file=[c:]\vhd\win7.vhd

 

Here are some articles and video about booting from VHD.
http://blogs.msdn.com/cesardelatorre/archive/2009/01/11/windows-7-natively-booting-from-a-vhd-virtual-pc-image-file.aspx

Inside Windows 2008 R2 Virtualization Improvements and Native VHD Support (Mark Russinovich)
http://www.microsoft.com/emea/teched2008/itpro/tv/default.aspx

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Posted June 12, 2013 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2008 R2

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