Native .VHD Support confirmed for Windows 7 – Server version

Long Zheng posted about Microsoft supporting .VHD natively in Windows, but its looking more like a Server only feature this time around.


“A couple of months ago in May I wrote about an interesting 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.

Well the good news is that the rumor is now confirmed as a recently updated WinHEC 2008 agenda touts a session dedicated to this particular functionality with one subtle difference – targeted at Windows Server 2008 R2.”

Read the entire article here

I personally was hoping for client support, I even commented about it on Long’s blog when it was first revealed. Looks like I was a bit too optimistic. 🙂

“I so hope this makes it, a lot of persons requested it during the Longhorn client beta. So it is most likely. The feature it guarantees is the ability to boot your installation of Windows 7 on any computer (possibly only Windows 7 PCs) I assume, but then again the ability to have access to your “computer”, all your files, all your applications and settings would definitely be cool. By the time Windows 7 hits market (around 2010 I bet), most external drives will be 2 to 3 TBs standard. Complete PC Backup in Vista (Ultimate, Enterprise and Business) backup in .VHD format, I think the ability to mount that same VHD on any computer running Windows 7 would make me upgrade to this release on all my computers in a heart beat. What bothers me though is licensing, would Microsoft allow us to have an additional bootable copy of Windows in the .VHD format, since you could have your external drive while at the same time being able to boot it on another computer while still using the same computer from which it was backed up. Unless there is some validation to prevent you from running multiple copies of the system/license at the same time.”


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