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.
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)
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
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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I thought the only supported method for using VHD boot was to use ImageX and apply a WIM directly to the VHD, and use BOOTREC/BCDEDIT to rectify the boot manager....
I knew this method could be used, but according to the tech docs, using Windows Setup wasn't a supported method for this type of install. When did that change?