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Jul 13 2010   3:13AM GMT

Sysinternals Disk2vhd

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Recently updated, Disk2vhd is a wonderful tool that when used with Starwind v2v application you can create a pristine Server 2008/Windows 7/Windows Vista ESX Clone, every time.

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk – Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion. You can even have Disk2vhd create the VHDs on local volumes, even ones being converted (though performance is better when the VHD is on a disk different than ones being converted).

Download it here along with instructions on how to script your backups.

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