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How can I mount a XenServer VHD from an iSCSI SR in Ubuntu?

I need to get files from a Linux VM that was hosted on an iSCSI volume attached to a XenServer host, but I no longer have any XS hosts around (they've all been converted to VMware). I've already ...
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Does SQLIO lie when run from a Hyper-V guest on a VHD?

SQLIO seems like a useful tool. I thought it would be interesting to try to measure the speed difference between a physical disk and a VHD. So I ran SQLIO on the Hyper-V host on the physical drive. ...
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VHD does not automatically reattach on restart

I have some virtual hard disks mounted on my company's web server, but any time I have to reboot it to install Windows Updates, I have to manually reattach the VHDs. I'm guessing there's no built-in ...
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VirtualBox VHD Image asking for Product Key

we used the tool from MS here to create a .VHD of an old XP laptop that has some important software on it. We intend to retire the laptop and use the VM exclusively so we can back it up, and keep it ...
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(0xC03A0014) Failed to add device 'Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk'

We had Windows 2008 SP2 Server. It was crashed due to mother board problem. After we got new motherboard we have installed Windows 2008 R2. Now when we try to attach Old VHD File we are getting ...
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Change the UUID of a VHD

How can I change the UUID of a VHD-file? My problem is that VirtualBox won't accept the VHD-file if it has already been added. But I am moving VHD disks between work/home and cloning them (and ...
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how to make a .vhd file of an OS?

I have microsoft virtual PC 2007 installed in my windows 7 OS. I configured a new system from there giving RAM & HDD from the available installed OS (WIN 7). but when i started a my Virtual PC, ...
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Disk2VHD and Hyper-V

I want to virtualize a physical machine and I used Disk2Vhd to convert the Hard drive to a .vhd file. My issue is that when I attach this vhd in Hyper-V, and try to install "Integration Services", ...
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Is it possible to dual boot osx using a VHD as the second partition?

I know this can be done using Hyper-V but is this possible using vmware or something similar with OSX?
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Microsoft SC VMM 2008 R2 doesn't have option to compact virtual hard disk

I can't figure out how to shrink a VHD using Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. Viewing the article Shrink your VHD size seems like this would be simple to do. However I don't ...
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Re-partition Hyper-V Server Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) with Windows Server 2003 installed

can anyone recommend a re-partitioning tool to resize the primary partition of a VHD that I’ve just expanded by a couple of GB which has windows server 2003 32bit standard installed. I'm using Windows ...
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Is defragmentation of VHDs necessary?

I've got about 60 servers that were migrated from physical machines running on ESX 4. I'm having issues with the Diskeeper software installed, and I'm trying to decide if I should try to fix the ...
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Does the Windows Server 2008 disk defragmenter work with open files?

I have a server running a number of Hyper-V guest instances. One recommendation to improve the performance of our guest OSes is to defragment the vhd files. Can I do this while the guest is still ...
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Using a Boot to VHD file in a Hyper-V Server VM

I have a file win7.vhd that I've been using in a Boot to VHD scenario. Now I want to run that Windows 7 instance within Hyper-V Server alongside a few other VMs I have. I sysprepped win7.vhd and ...
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which file is updated the parent or the child with diskpart merge

It seems that using diskpart merge to merge a differencing drive and parent does not provide an option to target a new VHD file. Fine, I've backed up my parent vhd files, and the child. When I ...
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Migration from Hyper-V to ESXi

I am in the process of migrating my machines from Hyper-V to ESXi and I was just wondering what is the best way to do so? I tried just copying the hyper-v disk file, creating a new vmware workstation ...
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Mount an VHD on Mac OS X

Is it possible (how) to mount an VHD file created by Windows 7 in OS X? I found some information about how to do this on linux. There is a fuse fs "vdfuse" which uses virtualbox libs to mount ...
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Is compacting a Hyper V virtual machine VHD file a safe operation

Is compacting a Hyper V VHD (Server 2008 R2 Host) a safe operation? I compacted a Server 2008 Std 64 Bit virtual machine's boot volume and it ended up being about 500 Mb smaller. The VM was shut down ...
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Can I create a fixed size VHD that fills a physical hard drive up 100%?

Would this create any foreseeable problems? The drive is a non-system drive. Should I bother leaving any extra space on the physical drive that is not taken up by the VHD? This may seem a bit silly, ...
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Vdisk (vhd) to physical

I have a VHD file that was created by a citrix provisioning server. It is specific to a computer model. I was wanting to transfer the vhd onto the physical disk. Can anyone think of a way to do this? ...
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Hyper-V Boot failure on VHD made with Acronis?

hoping someone can advise on my problem, I am running Hyper-V core and trying to create my first VM for testing purposes. Using Acronis True Image echo server with UR I converted a Seerver 2000 tib to ...
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Merge differencing and parent vhd into new vhd

Using DISKPART and the "VDISK MERGE" option, is it possible to specify that you want to keep the existing child/parent disks and do a merge into a new vhd file? That is; I still want to keep my ...
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ws 2008 R2 added hyper-v tools and now blue screens, can only boot in safe mode

We have a WS 2008 R2 running on a laptop which has a WS2008 R2 vhd running on it. We tried to add hyper-v tools to the base OS today and it now blue screens when you try and boot the base OS. We can ...
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Changing maximum file size of vhds

I am native booting into vhd files. While creating the parent vhd file I set the maximum file size to 50GB however I never install so many applications. 20GB maximum will be enough for me but I want ...
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Should my servers boot from VHD?

I've been testing native vhd boot on several servers. It seems to be pretty transparent in terms of deployment and with my seat of the pants testing I have not noticed any difference in performance. ...
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Where should I store the VM files (config, snapshots, vhd) on a Hyper-V server?

By default the VHDs go into “C:\Users\Public\Documents\Hyper-V\Virtual Hard Disks” and the config files go into “C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V”. Should I leave them there? Is it ok for ...
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Restoring VM's in Hyper-V from a (somewhat) failed VSS backup

I attempted to do a backup of our virtualization server when moving from Hyper-V 2008 to R2. I changed the registry settings to register Hyper-V VSS with Windows Server Backup, and sent the backup on ...
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Best Practice: Changing CPU speed and dynamic VHD to static VHD in Hyper-V

I'm collecting best practice to Hyper-V and I have two question. First, Can someone help me with advice about how to limit and improve the CPU usage on the VMs (hyper-v)? Or maybe you have links about ...
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Hyper-V Virtual Disk Creation Taking Forver

After some struggle, I finally managed to set up Hyper-V 2008 R2 on our server. So I connected to it using the Hyper-V Manager from a Windows 7 client and used the "New Virtual Machine Wizard". I set ...
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How to install Windows 2008 on a VHD on a Windows 7 machine

I am trying to set up a Windows 2008 VDH that I can boot on my windows 7 machine. So far I have created and formatted the VHD. I have also downloaded an iso image with windows 2008. What I am ...
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Create and Utilize a Vista VHD via Windows 7

I have a windows 7 base install and a windows 7 vhd. I am attempting to create the scenario where when I boot up I have the option of loading the windows 7 base, the windows 7 vhd or a vista vhd. ...
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How to unmount a VHD in Windows 7. There is no unmount option

I mounted a VHD file in Windows 7 using the Disk Manager. Once mounted, there is no option to Unmount it. The only thing close to such an option that I can find is if I click the icon in the taskbar ...
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When .VHD get updated?

I have a VM with a .vhd file. However, when I connect to the VM (by RDP) and make some changes (create a directory and add a small file with notepad) the .VHD file stays unchanged. The 'Date modified' ...
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Can I migrate my existing physical XP environment to a virtual machine on WIndows 7

Can I migrate my existing physical WinXP environment (on a single c: drive) to a VHD via Disk2VHD and then run it on my new Windows 7 laptop as a virtual machine?
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How to mount VHDs from command-line on Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

I've installed and am getting familiar with the free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to perform local management of VHDs from the command line. The built in command ...
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How can I convert a physical machine to a Windows Virtual PC machine (possibly using SCVMM)

I've got a physical machine which I'd like to convert to a virtual machine. I've done this P2V process a number of times onto Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V by using System Centre Virtual Machine ...
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Hyper V vhd sizes and disk space?

Hopefully there is a simple answer to this but its something I dont understand right now. 5 days ago I colocated a windows server 2008 r2. It has running on it a Hyper-v with pretty much only IIS7 ...
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XenServer VHD format question

I may be confusing myself here so I'm asking for some clarification. I have a large XenServer install that is currently using lvmoiscsi. I am looking for ways to reduce actual disk space usage. I ...
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How can I determine if a VHD is a differencing disk?

I have a VHD that I suspect is a differencing disk. How can I know for certain, and if it is, then what parent VHD is it tied to?
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Is it possible to use a VHD for dual boot and VPC?

Using Windows 7 Virtual PC to create a virtual machine, I know you can sysprep the VHD and then you are able to use it to dual boot using the Win7 boot from VHD mode. However can you take that VHD ...
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Hyper-V - Why would .vhd expand when it still has unused space?

I have a dynamically expanding .vhd file. The current file size was about 50 GB, with only 29 GB used. However, it recently expanded to about 54 GB, but still only shows 29 GB used. Are there any ...
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Windows 7: Can you use the same VHD to boot and run virtually?

I have a Windows 7 (host) machine that also has a Windows 7 (guest) VHD configured to dual boot. This is very cool and working great! But... If I'm running the host OS I would like to ALSO be able ...
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WIM2VHD failing with “Cannot derive Volume GUID from mount point.”

I'm trying to use WIM2VHD according to the instructions on Scott Hanselman's blog post to create a Sysprepped VHD image to boot from. I've installed the WAIK, and I have my Windows 7 sources mounted ...
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Windows Server 2008 backup VHD's - is it possible to mount/open in Windows 7?

Is it possible to mount the VHD files created by the Windows Server 2008 backup utility onto a Windows 7 (release) client? Following an array failure I was very worried that there was a problem with ...
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What good is a VHD backup if you can't boot the Machine in Virtual PC?

I've read that you cannot boot from the VHD backups that Vista Ultimate / Server 2008 creates. However you can mount them with vhdmount. So if you can't boot it then what good is the VHD backup over ...
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How to create a VHD file from a folder?

Is it a way to create a VHD virtual drive image from files in existing folder? I know that it can be done programmatically via .NET framework API, but maybe it's already exists a tool that can be run ...
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VHD Boot failure in Hyper-V (Win7 boot from vhd)

I've have a virtual machine with a VHD image that I've copied from Windows 7 to the Hyper-V server. This image was created on Windows 7 (Windows 7 64-bit), and I'm using it on Windows 7 as boot image. ...
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Can I sysprep a bootable VHD without using any virtualization technology?

I booted from a VHD on my laptop and hoped to sysprep this image, but it didn't let me do it. I got a fatal error during the process. I used the following command: sysprep /generalize /shutdown. My ...
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Create a VHD from a physical XP machine

I am looking at upgrading from Windows XP to Windows7. I have a lot of development programs that would take 2-3 days to set-up configure etc. etc. when I get my new machine. What I want to do is ...
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Changing drive letter of boot VHD host drive?

I'm loving the new Boot-to-VHD feature in Win7! But I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how to change the drive letter (while booting from a VHD file) of the drive that's hosting the VHD boot ...