When the Windows 10 Technical Preview came out earlier this month, I wanted to see kick the tires a bit and see what was new. However, I need my laptop to work reliably, so I couldn’t take the risk of installing Windows 10 over my Windows 8.1 installation.
So, I decided to install it to a Virtual Machine (VM) running in Hyper-V. This would allow me to run Windows 10 in a “sandbox” that would not affect my primary operating system. It would also allow me to multitask – doing my normal day-to-day activities on my laptop, while still “playing around” with Windows 10.
The other thing I wanted to be able to do is native boot into the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) used by this VM. VHD native boot is a nice feature that was added with Windows 7 and Server…
I was preparing for a convention where Tallan was going to demonstrate two web-based systems in an exhibit hall. To do this, I needed to setup Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) running Windows Server 2008 R2. I wanted to be able to run the VHDs in a Virtual Machine (VM) so that I could setup the demo operating systems and accompanying software in the background while still doing my “day job” on my primary operating system, Windows 7. I also wanted to be able to natively boot off of the VHD in order to utilize all machine resources and optimize performance when doing the actual demos at the convention.
Being new to the VHD world, I thought that this would be simple and straight-forward. While not a technical feat by any stretch of the imagination, it did take me a few tries…