Now the question is, how to do it fast within 5 minute?
In this article, i will use Wim2vhd tool. In order to use Wim2VHD, you need to install WAIK for Windows 7. You can get WAIK from this link:- http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=696dd665-9f76-4177-a811-39c26d3b3b34&displaylang=en
Once you have install WAIK, download WIM2VHD from here:- http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=2603
It is a small 103K file. Then put this into a folder.
To execute, go to WAIK- Deployment tool Command prompt.
Enter the following command to view the parameter. Just like a help syntax
Example:- Create a base image Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
Is refer to the location of the install.wim which located in DVDROM
Is refer to Windows Server 2008 r2 Standard Edition
Additional /sku parameter:-
Here is the process of the snapshot:-
The tool will create a dynamic disk with default 40GB size. If you want, you can use additional parameter such as
To create 50GB partition
To create fixed disk vhd. The option available is dynamic, fixed and fast fixed.
Example:- To create a fixed disk of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition with a size 50GB
C:\WIM>cscript WIM2VHD.wsf /wim:h:\sources\install.wim /sku:serverstandard /disktype:fixed /size:51200
The above command will take almost 15minute. In order to speed up the creation of 50GB fixed disk, i download VHDTool (Download from:-http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/vhdtool). Put this tool inside the WIM2VHD folder and execute below command
C:\WIM>cscript WIM2VHD.wsf /wim:h:\sources\install.wim /sku:serverstandard /disktype:fastfixed /size:51200
Now, you can create 50GB fixed disk in 5 minute. Quite a useful tool and it's FREE!
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