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One of my system administrator had an virtual machine (of Win 7 OS) that we used as a testing OS.

Now if we need to have a fresh machine, she used to give that very quickly w/o installing the OS again. Somehow she used to have a saved .vhd or something and that she used to load into some software - Not sure how and what she used to do.

Do you have any idea. I know my question is very vague, hence let me know if I'm unclear about what I want to know.


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closed as not a real question by MDMarra, Scott Pack, John Gardeniers, mdpc, Magellan Nov 30 '12 at 19:40

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It would be helpful if you told is which virtualization environment you're using. – Iain Nov 29 '12 at 17:29
@lain: We used to have MS Virtual PC 2007 – Romil N Nov 29 '12 at 17:31
@lain: I assume this info is sufficient – Romil N Nov 29 '12 at 17:40
It is, but if you do not know how to copy/paste a file, maybe you should ask someone. "how she used to do it" runs down into a trivial file copy operations. – TomTom Nov 29 '12 at 18:33

Of course you can have a copy of a .vhd that you just redeploy, or you can use snapshots. Either of these things sound like what you're talking about.

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+1. That is pretty much what I do - i have a differential vhdx that is sysprepped and gets copiped for a new VM. – TomTom Nov 29 '12 at 18:33

There are a number of ways to do this. Simply copying the .vhd file from a stored/template location to another is the most common method. Depending on your SAN configuration you may also be able to perform this operation in a similar fashion.

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