Remember that cool blog post a little over a month ago where I show how to build a dual boot machine? Remember each of those operating systems were contained in a single .VHD file on the hard drive? Confused by all of the terminology and techniques? Well Trina Gorman has written a guide on the tools, terminology and techniques to help get you up to speed on virtual hard disk files. Here’s the introduction to the guide:
The virtual hard disk file format (.vhd) specifies the format of a file that represents a virtual hard disk. To use VHDs on Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows, you must install Hyper-V role, Microsoft Virtual Server, or Windows Virtual PC. However, with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can create, configure, and boot physical computers from VHDs without a virtual machine or hypervisor. This functionality simplifies image management because it enables you to:
- Standardize the image format and toolsets in your organization.
- Reduce the number of images to catalog and support.
- Enable increased server utilization to conserve energy.