by Hugo Häggmark
You might have read and tried the scripts from my first blog about creating a bootable vhd in Creating a bootable vhd the easy way, and in this blog post I’ll continue where I left with some information about my usage of difference discs and bootable vhd’s.
First of all I started by creating a bootable vhd with my script with the following options:
|Base2k8r2.vhd||Expandable||80 000 Mb (Remember that you need this much free space on your disc even if the vhd doesn’t have the size from start)|
This left me with a vhd-file that took about 7Gb on my internal disc. I restarted my machine to make sure that my bootable vhd was working correctly.
After the health-check and some customizations like folder options in explorer I opened up a command prompt and entered shutdown /r /f , this way I don’t have to enter a reason to restart my Windows Server 2008 R2 OS
Back in Windows 7 I took these steps to create a difference disc to keep my base disc clean:
WARNING this will delete a boot entry, make sure you enter the GUID to the entry where the device/osdevice points the path of your bootable vhd. Entering the wrong guid could make your computer UNBOOTABLE.
When I get some time I’ll try to automate these steps into a handy batch-file or application. I hope you found this post interesting.
Hugotags: Bootable VHD - Development Environment - SharePoint