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

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A great blog topic about Native boot to VHD by Microsoft Sr. IT Pro Evangelist Dan Stolts.

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.

Boot2VHD-Part 1-Overview of Native Boot To VHD :
http://blogs.technet.com/b/danstolts/archive/2011/08/15/boot2vhd-part-1-overview-of-native-boot-to-vhd.aspx

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

TechNet Video: (Part 3) Load OS on VHD with OS already Installed on Metal

TechNet Video: (Part 4) BCDEdit is the Magic – Deep Dive Boot Configuration Manager

Ping Dan Stolts on Twitter @ITProGuru (http://twitter.com/itproguru)

Visit Blog: HTTP://ITProGuru.com

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Author: James van den Berg

I'm Microsoft Architect and ICT Specialist and Microsoft MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management

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