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Overview Advantages • Simple and robust setup • Use prepared VHDs • Easy to reset (copy VHD file) • Easy to switch between multiple VHDs • No need for other imaging software (e.g. ImageX, Ghost) Notes • Uses boot-from-VHD, not run-in-Virtual PC. Image will run image natively, notvirualzied • Host PC needs to run Windows 7.
Mounting the VHD (optional) • Useful if you want to copy files into the VHD prior to usage. • Open Computer Management (run as Administrator) • Select Disk Management • Select More Actions Attach VHD • VHD is now mounted as a drive
Preparing the VHD • Copy c:\VHD\Original\*.* to c:\VHD\Run • Now you need to enable booting from the VHD using bcdedit.exe (CMD.EXE run as Administrator) Reuse this ID in the following to commands! (see speaker notes)
Booting • New boot option available when you restart the PC. • At first boot drivers will be installed (~5min) • You can leave the license key empty
Restoring original image • Copy c:\VHD\Original\*.* to c:\VHD\Run
Deleting boot entries • CMD.exe (run as Administrator) (see speaker notes)
Instructions for initial workshop setup • Install Windows 7 on all PCs • Copy 32-bit and 64-bit VHDs to all PCs and enable booting from them • Create a third VHD with apps yourself (see next slide) • So you have 3 configuations to boot from: • 32-bit Windows 7 • 64-bit Windows 7 • 32-bit Windows 7 with apps
Creating 3rd VHD with Apps • Boot from 32-bit VHD (which is stored in C:\VHD\Run) • Install Office 2007 SP1 (trial version on microsoft.com) • Install Windows 7 SDK for this Windows build • Install Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (trial version) • Windows Update • Set environment variable for symbols: MD C:\Symbols SetX.exe /M _NT_SYMBOL_PATH "SRV*C:\Symbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols" • Latest public version of WinDbg ( Install Debugging Tools for Windows 32-bit Version or Install Debugging Tools for Windows 64-bit Versions ) • AppVerifier • Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.5 • Save this VHD to c:\VHD\Original and c:\VHD\Run (using a new filename) • Add new boot entry for this VHD using BCDEDIT • Copy to other machines (assuming hardware is identical)
Instructions for resetting VHDs • On host computer delete VHDs in C:\VHD\Run • Copy C:\VHD\Original\*.* to C:\VHD\Run