Articles from February 2010

MSDN Subscription: February 2010

By Michael Flanakin @ 6:04 PM :: 2255 Views :: MSDN Subscriptions :: Digg it!
MSDNThe following consists of the English DVD updates released under the MSDN Premium (Team Suite) subscription level for February 2010.


  • Disc 2434.25
    • Office 2007 Servers SP2 (x64 and x86), Office 2007 Suite SP2 (English, Multilanguage)


  • Disc 3918.02
    • Exchange Server 2010 (x64) (English, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Spanish)

For more information, see the MSDN Subscriptions Index.

Boot to VHD: Create VHD from GUI

By Michael Flanakin @ 5:05 PM :: 3833 Views :: Technology, Tools/Utilities :: Digg it!

Windows 7

I've mentioned how to create a new VHD from the command line, now let me mention how you can create a new VHD from the Windows GUI.

  1. Open Computer Management (Start > Run… > compmgmt.msc)
  2. In the left pane, select Storage > Disk Management
  3. Right-click Disk Management, click Create VHD
  4. Specify VHD settings and click OK
    • Location -- the path where you want to save the VHD
    • Size -- specify a size smaller than what's available on your system
    • Format -- choose dynamic sizing to slowly grow to the full disk size (what I'd recommend) or fixed, if you want to just allot the space outright and avoid potential out-of-space problems
  5. In the main, center pane, right-click the label on the left for the new, unknown/unallocated disk, click Initialize Disk
  6. Click OK
  7. In the main, center pane, right-click the main disk space visualization, click New Simple Volume...
  8. Click Next
  9. Click Next
  10. Click Next
  11. Specify a volume label, click Next
  12. Click Finish
  13. Put Win7 or Server 2008 R2 DVD or bootable USB drive in
  14. Restart your computer
    NOTE: You'll need to be sure you can boot using the necessary device in BIOS settings (obviously)
  15. Press any key to boot from CD or DVD
  16. When the Install Windows screen is shown, press Shift+F10
  17. Type d:, press Enter
  18. Type diskpart, press Enter
  19. Type select vdisk file="d:\machines\win2008r2.vhd", press Enter
    NOTE: Windows re-assigns your primary drive when running thru the installer. In all of my tests, C: was re-assigned to D:.
  20. Type attach vdisk, press Enter
  21. Type exit, press Enter
  22. Type exit, press Enter
  23. Click Next
  24. Click Install Now
  25. Select desired OS (server only), click Next
  26. Check I accept the license terms, click Next
  27. Click Custom (advanced)
  28. Select Disk 1 Partition 1: <label>, where <label> is the volume label you applied in step 11
  29. Click Next and continue to install the operating system as you normally would 

After rebooting, Windows Boot Manager will give you an option to boot into either the host or guest OS instances.