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 ūüėČ

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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