Friday, November 27, 2009

SharePoint 2010: Creating a VHD snapshot of your SP2010/Win7 Development Environment


This is the Disk2vhd program in the sysinternal tools collection from Mark Russinovich and co. (who now work for Microsoft).

"Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted)."

Michael Herman
SharePoint Architect

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