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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 ...
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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 ...