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Server 2008 '.vhd' file

Posted on 2008-10-02
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Hello all
I made a backup '.vhd' file about 13GB on my server 2008 through windows server backup manager.  I tried to boot this file up via 'virtual pc' no avail.  I tried with virtual server 2005 no avail.  I thought may be the image is not created properly I took another image and tried to boot , no luck?
In addition to my 'vhd' file I can see that server 2008 makes some 'xml' files as well.  
I need help.  How can I boot this file in virtual server or virtual pc?
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by:McKnife
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Who told you that ought to work? I don't think so although VPC uses .vhd, this is not intended to work. Maybe try to treat that .vhd with vmware converter and start it with vmware player.
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by:amanzoor
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Mcknife:
Please read my under mentioned question, the link clearly mentions that the file 'vhd' made by the windows server backup 2008 is bootable in 'virtual pc, virtual server 2005 etc'.  I am confused.  
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_23769530.html

Mcknife please clarify will that .vhd file is bootable in vpc, vserver2005?

Thanks
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In that link Tigematt quotes a web page describing you are able to mount that image and see the files but it's not said you can boot it.
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by:amanzoor
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Mcknife:
OK so this vhd of server 2008 can be only mounted.  Got it now.
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by:JCHutchinson
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how do i go about mounting a vhd file?? i am unable to perform any mounting through the action bar in the storage menu.

do i need to have a virtual pc first or what?? please help
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by:McKnife
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Please ask a related question and don't forget some info about your OS. We may guess it's 2008. Also look at http://www.howtogeek.com/51174/mount-and-unmount-a-vhd-file-in-windows-explorer-via-a-right-click/
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Hi McKnife, i tried your link several times but its pops up with a blank box then it dissappears before i can run the script....

DO you have any other suggestions??
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by:McKnife
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What pops up? My link?`

Did you follow the instructions thoroughly? What happens exactly? No mounted device showing up afterwards? Try to add the word pause to the final line of the mount script and remove @ECHO OFF.
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by:JCHutchinson
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I have added the mount/unmount options to the send to menu in right click

my problem is that when i right click on the file send to -> mountVHD, a window pops up  ( i believe i am supposed to type the command in this window) but the window closes as soon as it opens.
( the window looks similar to the cmd.exe window)

do you have any idea what may be wrong?
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by:McKnife
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No, no idea, but I told you to add the word pause to the final line of the mount script and remove @ECHO OFF. Then, the scrip (in the cmd-window) would not auto-close and we could see what's wrong. Please try and report back.
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by:JCHutchinson
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hi MCKnife and thanks for all your help, i have found the solution here:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2008/Q_27564307.html
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