VHDMount - A Life (And Time) Saver

posted on 06/19/07 at 11:45:51 pm by Joel Ross

I've said it before, but I am a huge Virtual PC fan - all of my development is done in a virtual environment. Off of the top of my head, I can think of 10+ virtual machines that are either on my laptop or backed up on an external drive.

But there's always been one thing that's been a pain about using Virtual PC - my files I work on day to day end up stored in a file that's pretty much a black box to the operating system - until now! With the release of Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1, Microsoft added a tool called VHDMount, which allows you to mount a VHD file in the host OS, and access the files without opening up the virtual machine. This means when I need a file from one project while I'm working on another one, I no longer have to shut down one VPC to open another - or open two at the same time, and watch my laptop start smoking! I can just mount the drive, grab the file I need, unmount the drive, and never lose my momentum!

The Virtual PC Guy has full details on how to use it, and Dave Northey has the low down on how to install it without installing all of Virtual Server.

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