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With the aim of reducing standard VHD size as much as possible, is it a good idea to make an image with WinRE (in C:\Recovery) removed?

If it is ever actually needed, to recovery a faulty VM, would it be possible to re-insert it, by mounting the VHD file in a working system and copying it over?

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I don't have enough points to create a WinRE tag, but I think it would be apt for this question. –  paradroid Mar 27 '12 at 7:44
Well you got your tag idea created, good suggestion... –  RobM Mar 27 '12 at 8:42

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With the aim of reducing standard VHD size as much as possible

Wrong approach, I thnk.

Ever thought of using differential VHD and / or deduplication?

My fresh server overhead is blow 1gb in VHD.

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I see advantages in keeping VHD sizes down for portability, storage migration, backup storage, network deployment and general leanness, and it does not add any complexity, but only removes a large component which could very well be fairly useless on VMs, hence my question. –  paradroid Mar 27 '12 at 12:37
Not really. Most of this is isnigificant or done via lower levels (deduplication). Y ounever know what yo ubreak on the next service pack ;( –  TomTom Mar 27 '12 at 12:42

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