In this article I’ll cover basic tasks needed to create *.vhd file for your custom development environment.
Let’s start form opening Computer Management, which is used to manage local and remote computers. So, expand Storage section, right click on Disk Management and choose Create VHD. Continue reading
As a SharePoint developer I’ve experienced many kinds of development environments. From installing SharePoint on host OS, going through remote desktop developing and ending on virtual machine. Some of them had advantages over others, but none of them was perfect. Everything worked as it could until Windows 7 came up.
Since Windows 7 each Microsoft’s operating system has the native support for VHD (Virtual Hard Disk). The same VHD files that are used in virtualization platform i.e.. Hyper-V, Virtual Server and Virtual PC.
Booting from VHDs means booting the machine as if running from primary hard disk so your operating system will use all the hardware available in your system like Graphics, Wireless, USB etc. which is not possible in most of the virtual environment. Continue reading