windows7rc_bloglogo Remember that cool blog post a little over a month ago where I show how to build a dual boot machine?  Remember each of those operating systems were contained in a single .VHD file on the hard drive?  Confused by all of the terminology and techniques?  Well Trina Gorman has written a guide on the tools, terminology and techniques to help get you up to speed on virtual hard disk files.  Here’s the introduction to the guide:

Introduction

The virtual hard disk file format (.vhd) specifies the format of a file that represents a virtual hard disk. To use VHDs on Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows, you must install Hyper-V role, Microsoft Virtual Server, or Windows Virtual PC. However, with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, you can create, configure, and boot physical computers from VHDs without a virtual machine or hypervisor. This functionality simplifies image management because it enables you to:

  • Standardize the image format and toolsets in your organization.
  • Reduce the number of images to catalog and support.
  • Enable increased server utilization to conserve energy.

Get the guide @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d2afacbb-5af6-45c2-b275-932116e27b0b.