I have a situation where I need to deploy hundreds of thousands of files (~700Gb in 100k files), putting these files onto a machine takes more than 24 hours. The little files and directories being the problem.
I need to deploy this information to 35 machines and may need to do this monthly - at a remote site but one that is isolated/secure, so a physical presence is needed.
One thought I have is that I can generate a VHD containing these files and mount the VHD (Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 comes with a mount-driver). This will mean that my copy operations should complete much quicker. Now I need to experiment/benchmark my theory. This is not a virtual-machine environment, the VHD will be a virtual-drive on the host OS.
So, I know how to mount the VHD, how do I create it in the first place?
I know this is possible in Windows7 but it isn't my target platform!