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Using VHD disk as a centralized backup device?

i have 2 physical servers (3rd will come later) and 2 hyper-vs on 1st one. I would use Windows Server Backup utility for backup all systems. Was thinking about to buy NAS, so i bought it, Synology ...
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Most VMS refuse to start

Setup: Virtual Host, running server 2012, hosting around 10 production VMs Problem: Last night, 2 VMs stopped with no warning, event log notification, or any information. The rest of the VMs on this ...
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Configure Windows 2012 VHD to boot in Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V

I have a server running Windows 2008 R2 and Hyper-V. I use this server routinely to create Windows 2008 R2 and Windows 7 VHDs to boot within Hyper-V and natively. I have created a VHD, used imagex to ...
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Correct VHDX sector size in Hyper-V enviroment for a RAID array

What is the correct sector size (which available in Powershell as options, when creating a new vhdx) for RAID10 array with default stripe size? I am using LSI 9271-4i controller and 4x Seagate ...
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Convert Hyper-V .vhdx file for import into .vhd file for xenserver import?

A VM was sent to me as .vhdx instead of .vhd and I need to import it into xenserver which supports .vhd but not .vhdx. I looked at the following solutions: Convert-VHD via Powershell Hyper-V ...
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Mount .vhd stored on ext3-NAS in Windows 7 without copying to NTFS Disk. Is this possible?

i have an vhd-Image stored on a NAS. I can't directly mount it, because the NAS stores the file in an ext3-system (i read this is causing trouble). I can't copy the file to a NTFS disc, because it's ...
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Converting physical Win2008 Machine into Hyper-V virtual machine on same box. Change SID?

We only have one hardware box. We converted our C drive into a VHD. We want to run install Hyper-V on our server to then load the new VHD as a virtual machine. We will be updating the physical box ...
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HP X1600 G2: Convert a Shared folder to a VHD?

I have an HP x1600 G2 and I seem to have made a mistake. I partitioned more than half the space available as a Shared Folder. I have now mostly filled that volume with data, approximately 2TB. I need ...
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How can I convert my virtual CentOS server harddrives from physical targets to VHD?

I have a virtual machine running CentOS 5 on a Windows server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role installed. The virtual machine has two harddrives installed that points to physical disks on an iSCSI target ...
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Hyper-V VHD Expand and keeping snapshots?

I have a Virtual Machine and it includes OS and other programs of course. ATM I have around 5 Snapshots. The Disk Space is running low and I wanted to expand the VHD. I enter VM's settings and ...
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Disk latency within a virtual machine

I've been looking at some performance issues on a clustered virtual machine in our organisation. Actually this problem seems to affect most of the virtual machines I have looked at. Both host and VM ...
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Can you increase the size of a VHDX in Hyper-V at a later time?

I have a Hyper-V 2012 server with a 2GB disk. Currently, there is 50GB free on this disk as the remainder is assigned to a VHDX. I need to migrate a Windows Server Installation into a new copy of ...
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What is the most reliable and effective way to compact a Hyper-V or Boot to VHD Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file

I've seen (and tried) many ways to skin this cat, but none are quite as effective as I thought and require a number of manual steps. Here is my scenario: 1) I have installed an OS on a Dynamic ...
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Import VMs with differencing VHD into Hyper-V 2012

I've recently installed Windows Server 2012 to my test server to run Hyper-V test environment. I have bunch of old VMs which were created in Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V which I didn't export in ...
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Attach storage drive in a VM via iSCSI initiator or VHDX on the Hyper-V host

Our current 200-user infrastructure is based upon XenServer and a StarWind iSCSI SAN. The C: drives for the virtual server's OS are mounted in XenServer SR volumes which are in turn virtual hard disks ...
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Recreate Azure virtual machine from existing and working disk

This morning I found that my Azure VM was dead dead. It was impossible for me to reboot or shut it down. Anyway I managed to delete the VM instance and make a snapshot copy of the VHD (who never ...
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Compact/Shrink an Expandable/Dynamic VHD to fully recover space

If I create an expandable Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) with a maximum size of 50Gb, fill it with 48Gb of files, and then reduce that amount to 25Gb, what is the most efficient and sure-fire way of ...
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How to duplicate a VHD with Windows 7 so others can use it?

I have created a VHD image with Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010 and a couple of SDKs, which took a while to install. Now I want to share this VHD with my coleagues so they don't have to go through the ...
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Extract data from VHD

I cant attach the vhd to server 2008 disk management as it says the disc is invalid But it does run in HyperV, but as I need it offline I cant extract it when the hyperV is running. Any ideas?
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Import Xen Server VHD

I am trialing using a distributed file system as the backend storage for my Xen Servers. I have set up the DFS (distributed file system) (using CentOS and GlusterFS) and everything is working ...
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Diskpart breaking drive letters after powershell script is run

I built a script that mounts (attach) a VHD using Diskpart, cleans out some system files and then unmounts (detach) it. It uses a foreach loop and is suppose to clean multiple VHD using the same drive ...
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Using Diskpart in a PowerShell script won't allow script to reuse drive letter

I built a script that mounts (attach) a VHD using Diskpart, cleans out some system files and then unmounts (detach) it. It uses a foreach loop and is suppose to clean multiple VHD using the same ...
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Save OS .vhd for later installation [closed]

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 ...
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samba server as network storage for VHD discs

I am looking for solution for 128-256 diskless HPC servers, want to create one vhd file with Windows system on it, sysprep and create 256 branching differential discs for each computational node in ...
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Windows Server 2008 R2 backup - what is generating all the change data?

We have a small, relatively idle Windows Server 2008 R2 installation that does basic file sharing and hosts Exchange for about 10 not very active users. When running a windows server backup, the ...
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RAID 10 or RAID 50 on 16x 900 GB 10K SFF disks

What type of RAID would you recommend for a single storage segment across 16 of 900 GB 10K SAS SFF disks on an EMC VNX 5100 storage unit? Disk 17 is a hot-spare. RAID 10, RAID 50 or something else? ...
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Mount VHD from Rackspace, with Windows 7 or Mountain Lion

I'm trying to explore the contents of a VHD form a backup of my Rackspace server. Any idea on how I might be able to mount it and explore it's contents? I've tried using the Computer Management tool ...
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How do I get a VHD with compression comparable to ZIP?

My Azure service depends on a huge filetree and I try to deal with that filetree using VHDs. What I currently plan to do is create a VHD file, mount it, format it to NTFS and enable NTFS transparent ...
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Do I create a fixed size or expandable VHD if I know the contents size in advance?

I want to do the following: create a VHD, copy a filetree there, then upload the VHD file to Azure blob storage, then when my Azure role starts I will download the VHD and mount it and use it as ...
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Encrypt content of disk without entering password at boot time

I am running Linux virtual machines on a cloud provider. So effectively, the disk is a VHD file. The machine will have some sensitive information on the disk, such as certificates, passwords... I ...
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Restarting a VM from a different VHD file (but a copy of the old one)

I am wondering if anyone else has done this and has subsequently ran into any problems or if based on what I describe, anyone could suggest types of problems I may run into: I have Windows 2008 R2 ...
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Recovering a VHD after resizing it using VBoxManage

I am using VirtualBox 4.1.18 and had a virtual machine running Windows 8 RC with a single VHD, which was initially sized at 25GB (too small!). After installing the OS and some applications I ran out ...
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How to increase partition size for FAT32 volume on VHD?

I have VHD file attached as a disk (Disk 2 on screenshot below). It has only 1 partition formatted in FAT32 (so Linux clients can write something there). It got full, so I want to extend it. I used ...
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VHD network file transfer fails consistently at 4GB

This issue has been extremely frustrating for us: when transferring a large VHD (virtual hard disk) file from a Windows 7 machine over the network to a physical Windows Server 2008 machine at our ...
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How can I get past a BSOD 07b when booting from a VHD?

I thought I'd be clever and use disk2vhd at the end of my contract to backup my machine so I could easily restore it when I started my new contract, no matter what the buffoons had done with it in the ...
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Restoring Hyper-V VM without a Windows Server Backup

I have a Hyper-V host that has a bad VM that I am trying to restore from a backup copy on the SAN. I've copied over everything, created a new VM and attached the backup .vhd file but now Windows is ...
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Convert a dynamic VHD to fixed with shortest downtime and only copying used data

We have determined that dynamic (expandable) VHDs in our Hyper-V environment are causing performance slowdowns and would like to start converting the vhds attached to about 600 VMs (about 150 win2k3, ...
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Windows 7 boot manager editor as an option in boot manager

Is there any boot manager editor that I can run in DOS (possibly) before the system will load and edit boot manager itself? I would like to delete, edit VHD's and other files, copying them from the ...
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How to kick off multiple copies of a VM in Hyper-V?

I got my VHD in Hyper-V and it's running great. Since I got a great big server, I'd like to fire up a number of copies of this VHD. How do I do that? I didn't see anything obvious in the UI.
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What are the possible reasons why Hyper-V can't compact a VHD?

I am hosting several virtual machines on a host running Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. The disks were originally provisioned on a different server (2008, not R2) about 16 months ago, and were migrated onto ...
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Planning VHD-based laptop install

I am about to take delivery of a new laptop with a 750GB HDD. I will be using Win7 as the base OS (as a "real" installation, direct to the tin). The base install will probably have Visual Studio ...
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Convert physical centos to VHD

Is there any software to convert physical machine with centOS operationg system to VHD image?
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All BCD edits lost after reboot

I'm trying to create a system that will use native boot VHDs, as described on Technet. I followed that entire whitepaper throughout, making modifications for my system (I have three VHDs to boot ...
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Missing files in Windows 2008+VHD+SSD

I have running Windows 2008 Server machine on my SSD disc from VHD file. Today while I was working with Windows the 30% of files disappeared. There are only folders left and no files. I can't find ...
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How to garantee the state of a VM? Make sure Software doesn't change

I want to make sure that I can stop a machine, on Hyper-v with windows VMs, and then I can start it, being sure that nothing changed inside the VHD. Is this possible? Can I make like an MD5 of ...
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How to use sysprep for a vhd

We have a vhd copy of physical a windows vista machine. Since we don't want to touch the physical machine, we like to run sysprep on the vhd. Unfortunately this vhd does not boot on hyper-v. Is there ...
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Is there a way to capture a Hyper-V VHD image of a running Linux (Centos) server?

I have a linux server running Centos (actually its a PBX running Trixbox) that I want to migrate to a Hyper-V based VM so that the physical server can be repurposed. Is it possible to capture a VHD ...
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Does a dynamic VHD have any space overhead

Basically, does a full (say) 1TB VHD file occupy more than 1TB of disk space on the host device?
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WinPE diskpart can't attach vdisk

I created WinPE 3.0 and didn't modify it in any way. I want to attach a vdisk (.vhd file) while running WinPE but I can't attach it, no error is shown, no indication that diskpart didn't attach it, it ...
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V2V conversion - linux distro from .vmdk to XenServer .vhd

I am running XenServer for virtualization. I have a linux distro with Big Blue Button (http://bigbluebutton.org/) in .vmdk format that I'd like to run on my XenServer (it uses .vhd files). Problem is ...