How to deploy a Physical Machine from a VHD?

Subhankar Patnaik 136 Reputation points

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:

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 95,496 Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Subhankar Patnaik ,

    I've never tried this. But maybe this helps:


    (If the reply was helpful please don't forget to upvote and/or accept as answer, thank you)

    Andreas Baumgarten

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  2. JiayaoZhu 3,911 Reputation points


    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:

    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!


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