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After using disk2vhd to create a VHD of a Server 2008R2 system,  how to proceed with placing the vhd image on an idental server and having it boot from the VHD.  The attempts that have been tried have failed.  Any insights ?
Second.  is it necessary to run sysprep on the 2008R2 system prior to creating the VHD for the purpose of distributing it to other physical servers.
Thanks in advance for your assistance !!
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If i may expand on your answer.   It looks like WIM2VHD is the only possible way to take a sysprep system and turn it into a bootable vhd for distribution.    
I have no knowledge of how to prepare a cscript.   Would this be another question item.  or could you answer it here also.
The system is Server Enterprise Full 2008r2x64.    
Would i use the Install Windows 2008 CD and at the language page press Shift -F10 to enter dos prompt and then run the command there ?
Thank you again for your prompt attention
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You would need to open another question cscripting is not my thing
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Thank you.   So to recap.
1.  Install Server 2008 R2 x64 on physical server.  
2.  Configure system and run all updates,  
3.  Run SYSPREP and shut down
4.  Boot using Server 2008 Install CD
5.  At dos prompt  Run CSCRIPT that executes WIM2VHD to convert
      the Disk to VHD .  (will open new question for this)
6.  Copy VHD file to new server and mount image.as per intructions
     on your second link.

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