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Boot2VHD-Part 2-Load OS to VHD On Bare Metal

Native Boot To VHD (Boot2VHD) – Everything You Need To Know Part 2…

In this multi-part video series we will dive deep into a the new virtualization feature built into Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. It is called Native Boot To VHD (AKA: Boot2VHD). This is the one virtualization platform that allows virtualization inside of the virtualized machine. Yes, you can run Hyper-V or Virtual PC from inside a Boot to VHD machine. There are lots of use cases for this technology; we will cover many of them. Just dual boot your machine to a drive that is a VHD file. It is very clean, as the entire OS is in a VHD file. Having the OS fully encapsulated in a VHD means no changes are needed to partitions, and there is no confusion as to what files are for what OS. We will look at how to deploy it in different scenarios and we will take a deep dive into the boot technology (BCDEdit) that makes this new feature possible. Upon finishing this video series you will know how to setup a system with Boot To VHD. You will be able to deploy Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in a VHD on a machine that is already running a new OS, or on a machine with nothing on it yet (bare metal). We even go through the process of having to add the raid drivers for the disk while setting up the boot to VHD.

TechNet Video: (Part 2) Load OS to VHD On Bare Metal

100% demo walkthrough of loading Windows Server 2008 R2 into a VHD running on a clean never formatted system.We will boot to DVD a clean machine that does not have anything on it yet.We will proceed to do a clean install including adding RAID drivers. Then formatting the drive, then stopping at the appropriate time to use Shift-F10 to drop to a command prompt so we can find the drive, make a directory to store our VHD and then create the VHD to be used for our installation.


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o   Start Installation

o   Format Media (doing bare metal install)Boot2VHD-Select-Drive

o   You should be on the “Where do you want to install Windows?” screen of the installation press Shift-F10 to drop to command prompt

o   Find installation drive (dir c:, dir d:, dir e:, etc)

o   Launch Diskpart


Create vdisk file=e:\BootDemo.vhd type=expandable maximum=40000

Attach vdisk


o   Click “Refresh” button

o   Select “New Drive” and perform normal installation

o   Using this method, the BCD will be updated automatically

o   Once the installation is finished, we explore our system while running the OS from the VHD

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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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