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I am looking for a definitive "how to" guide on setting up Windows 7 x64 boot to VHD for my SP2010 VMs ... anyone care to share blog/whitepaper?

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I would add to this question: is there a native-boot-enabled vhd available somewhere for dev/test purposes? –  Alexey Krasheninnikov Mar 9 '10 at 18:00
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There isn't a native bootable vhd available unfortunately. However you can download the Microsoft Information Worker SharePoint 2010 vhd and make it bootable - have a look at this post on my blog which explains how to do it - sharepointcoding.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/… –  Anonymous Mar 10 '10 at 12:06
    
It's worth to know that if you are converting the IW 2010 VHD you might have to rearm it directly when it has booted up for the first time - you have changed all the HW for the image... –  Wictor Wilen MCA MCM MVP Mar 11 '10 at 9:44
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Scott Hanselman has a pretty good blog post about booting from a VHD http://www.hanselman.com/blog/LessVirtualMoreMachineWindows7AndTheMagicOfBootToVHD.aspx

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This MSDN Link should help, refer to end of the Article.

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from alex350r:

http://sharepointcoding.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/

There isn't a native bootable vhd available unfortunately. However you can download the Microsoft Information Worker SharePoint 2010 vhd and make it bootable - have a look at this post on my blog which explains how to do it - sharepointcoding.wordpress.com/2010/03/06/…

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I also wrote one similar; it's for booting from a USB stick, but there are some resources for getting your bootable VHD off the ground. It's pretty quick and dirty.

http://www.johndandison.com/blog/post/2010/02/25/Boot-to-Windows-7-VHD-with-a-Portable-USB-BCD-Bootloader.aspx

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