I used the wbadmin tool in Windows 7 to produce an image of my laptop's C: drive, saving it to a network location (call it \\server\backup\user\currentimage) and when it completed, I was unable to mount the VHD. I pointed Disk Management to \\server\backup\user\currentimage\WindowsImageBackup\pcname\Backup Date\vhdfile.vhd and it said that the version of the tool couldn't read the version of the VHD. I tried running the backup and mounting again and I got the same message. So I copied the VHD file down, mounted it locally and it mounted, but the volume showed up as RAW.
What I'm really after is a (free) way to image the laptop on a schedule. Or even a way to put a backup of files into a container that I can store on the server (like a zip for example). The main problem I'm trying to get around is that Windows complains that some files are too long when copied straight up to the server, so I thought that a whole PC image would get around that and give me the added convenience of being able to just restore from an image. What a headache. Does anyone have any solutions?