Saturday, December 18, 2010

Remember to use the built-in support for mounting VHDs (2008 R2)

Scenario: You have a lot of VMs running in your environment. You protect these VMs in some way, either with Windows Server backup, DPM 2010, Symantec, etc. If you primary take backup of the entire VHDs, you have two options when it comes to restore:

1-      Restore the entire VM
2-      Mount the VHD in Windows Server 2008 R2

Number 2 will save your time if you only need to restore some of the files from that VHD.

How to:
1.       Open Computer Management
2.       Select Disk Management
3.       ActionàAttach VHD
4.       Browse to the location of the VHD you want to restore from (check Read-Only)
5.       Mount the VHD
6.       Browse the VHD from your server, and copy the files needed
7.       Detach the VHD

No comments: