How to deploy a Physical Machine from a VHD?

Subhankar Patnaik 136 Reputation points
2021-07-10T17:01:39.2+00:00

Hi All

Can anybody provide step by step procedure how to deploy a Physical Machine, such a Laptop or Desktop from a VHD. I have created a VHD from my Desktop and now if I need to restore my Desktop from this VHD, I'm not getting the procedures? Not sure if it's even possible.

This is how I created a VHD from my Desktop: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/disk2vhd

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 95,496 Reputation points MVP
    2021-07-10T18:51:50.987+00:00

    Hi @Subhankar Patnaik ,

    I've never tried this. But maybe this helps:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/boot-to-vhd--native-boot--add-a-virtual-hard-disk-to-the-boot-menu

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    Andreas Baumgarten

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  2. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points
    2021-07-12T06:10:46.02+00:00

    Hi,

    Thanks for posting on our forum!

    After you get your VHD, all you need is a kind of virtualization platform to boot your vhd. Microsoft has several kinds of virtualization platform, such as Hyper-V, Virtualbox. I have noticed that you use "Hyper-V" tag, so can I guess that you have installed Hyper-V? Whatever kind of virtualization platform you want to use, all you need to do is to create a VM using the vhd created from your Desktop.

    On the basis that you have already decided to use Hyper-V and installed this platform successfully. Here is what you should do next:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/virtualization/hyper-v/get-started/create-a-virtual-machine-in-hyper-v

    You just need to follow the steps to create a new VM, and choose "Existing virtual hard disk" when you in "Connect Virtual Hard Disk" Page.

    Besides, if you actually want to put this vhd into a new PC and restore your desktop, then I think @Andreas Baumgarten has offered you the appropriate approach.

    Thanks for your support!

    BR,
    Joan


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