In May this year, we reported about a Microsoft job posting that hinted at the idea of native Virtual Hard Disks (VHD) support in Windows 7, that would allow users to create, mount, unmount and even boot from these disk images without additional software allowing for interesting use-scenarios for not just enterprise users and home users as well. A recently updated WinHEC 2008 agenda touts a session dedicated to this particular functionality, targeted at Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows Boot from One Image Format - ENT-T606
Presenter(s): Paul Rambo, Peter Brundrett
Virtual hard disk (VHD) is becoming a de facto standard image format for virtual machine operating system images. This session discusses native support of VHD in Windows Server 2008 R2. This support allows users, administrators, and vendors of storage and management tools to operate on VHDs as they would other storage devices. This creates opportunities for lowering operational costs by enabling customers to use a single image creation, deployment, and maintenance process and toolset across virtual and physical environments.
Source:→ Long Zheng