A. A fixed VHD is recommended for best performance, especially in production environments. A dynamic VHD (which expands as data is written) could cause problems for the OS if the partition containing the VHD has no free space and the dynamic VHD attempts to grow. To avoid this situation, a VHD that is being natively booted is pre-expanded at boot time and then shrunk when the OS shuts down.
- Q. How can I install Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to a virtual hard disk (VHD) file?
- Q. How can I resize a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file?
- Mounting a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) File
- Mount and Dismount VHD Images on Command
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