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Hyper-V Physical to VHD

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  • Have't used Hyper-V before and the Windows 8 feature interests me.

    Does Hyper-V come with utilities to convert Physical disks to VHDs?

    I see from the Build video that using a VHD as a Physical is as trivial as mounting the VHD
    and running c:\windows\system32>bcdBoot f:\windows
    Nice.

    I assume it's Physical as far as running with no layers in between Windows and hardware.. But I'm assuming the disk stays as a VHD.
    So the disk is still Virtual but you are running physical correct?

    I assume VMWare have tools to round-trip Physical <-> Virtual disks.
    Are there better ways to get from VMWARE VMs to VHD (other by going VMWare VDisk -> Physical -> VHD). 

    Thanks
    Rob 


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Monday, September 19, 2011 5:08 AM

Answers

  • Hi Robert

    Thanks for responding.

    Good to know they support a real physical disk as well.
    No actually in this Build session http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/TOOL-455T
    they mentioned that you could mount a VHD and boot from it (like you could in Win7)
    but it's easier now and they talked about that as a "physical machine" which had access to all hard ware
    etc (even though it was running from a VHD).

    One of our local MVPs sent me this link as a way to create a VHD 
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415 -- to create a VHD out of my physical disk. 


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Monday, September 19, 2011 11:58 AM

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  • There are utilities available to convert to a Hyper-V disk. The VHD format it uses is the same as VirtualPC so anything you used there should still work.

    Hyper-V physical disk support is purely that, support for using a real physical disk. No VHD, the disk isn't virtual, it is real. So massive performance improvements there.

     


    Robert MacLean - www.sadev.co.za
    Monday, September 19, 2011 7:52 AM
  • Hi Robert

    Thanks for responding.

    Good to know they support a real physical disk as well.
    No actually in this Build session http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/BUILD/BUILD2011/TOOL-455T
    they mentioned that you could mount a VHD and boot from it (like you could in Win7)
    but it's easier now and they talked about that as a "physical machine" which had access to all hard ware
    etc (even though it was running from a VHD).

    One of our local MVPs sent me this link as a way to create a VHD 
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415 -- to create a VHD out of my physical disk. 


    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Monday, September 19, 2011 11:58 AM
  • The feature you mention to boot from VHD is not a Hyper-V feature, it is a feature of Windows which was introduced in Win7.
    Robert MacLean - www.sadev.co.za
    Monday, September 19, 2011 12:08 PM
  • Thanks again Robert.
    Rob Chandler Help MVP http://Helpware.net/ http://mshcmigrate.helpmvp.com/
    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:26 PM