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This blog covers Microsoft’s Hyper-V evolution, its advantages, and a guide for attaching VHD files. It emphasizes scenarios like disk addition, corruption recovery, and data transfer. Kernel for VHD is introduced for repairing corrupted files, ensuring efficient virtualization management.
Hyper-V is a robust virtualization platform introduced by Microsoft in 2008. Over the years, Microsoft has continuously refined and enhanced Hyper-V, releasing several iterations. Up to the present day, four major versions of Hyper-V have been launched, including Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
Hyper-V is not only a feature within Windows Server but is also offered as a standalone product known as Microsoft Hyper-V Server. This versatile technology operates as a hybrid hypervisor, providing virtualization capabilities for various scenarios. Installation can be easily accomplished using the Windows Server Wizard for adding roles.
You can also install Hyper-V like any other software application; however, it’s important to ensure that your Windows operating system is newer than 2008. If you’re using a version of Windows older than 2008, it is advisable to update it before proceeding with the Hyper-V installation. Once Hyper-V is successfully installed, a system reboot is required. After the reboot, you’ll notice the addition of several services, including the Hyper-V Manager, integrated into your system.
How Hyper-V is Helpful?
- With Hyper-V you have a flexible cloud environment, which lets you expand your use of shared resources, let you supply It services as per demand and also manage utilization if there is a change in demand.
- If there is any scheduled or unscheduled stoppage of your assignments, then Hyper-V makes sure that the impact of both of them is low.
- With the help of Hyper-V, you can have a centralized desktop strategy, which can ultimately increase your business quickness and data safety. It can also help you to manage applications and desktop Operating System.
- Hyper-V contains security measures which protect and the data and the system from the malware attack and Unauthorized Access.
- It provides double security to your data, as it safeguards your system and data from malware. It also creates copies of virtual machines and saves it for the time of disaster to helps the user with the backup and recovery support.
How to Attach VHD Using Hyper-V
To connect a VHD to a virtual machine using Hyper-V, you must first ensure that your Windows operating system is newer than 2008 and that Hyper-V is installed on your machine. Once you’ve met these prerequisites, you can proceed by following the steps outlined below.
- Go to the Hyper-V manager center, select the virtual machine and click on Settings.
- Now, select the controller type that you need to attach to the disk. There are two type of controllers, IDE Controller, and SCSI Controller. Highlight the drive, select any and click on Add.
- On the next screen, you can change how the selected virtual disk is attached to the virtual machine, need to provide a path to the file, and can also remove the virtual hard disk.
- So, from the first Dropdown, select the required controller. The controller is automatically selected but if the required user can select the desired controller.
- The next will be the location option; there you need to set the location for the controller to attach the disk to. Make sure that you cannot pick a location which is already in use; it will be marked as In Use.
- Next, you need to perform a search to find the file that you need to attach. For this, click on the Browse button and search for the file.
- Now, at the last step, you need to apply all the changes that you have made recently. In the settings dialogue box, click on Ok or Apply.
Why Do You Need to Connect VHD to Virtual Machine?
There are various scenarios in which you may find it necessary to attach a VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) to a Virtual Machine. These situations include when you require an additional disk for an existing virtual machine, when the VHD is undamaged but the virtual machine’s files are corrupted, when you need to duplicate virtual disks to multiple locations, or when you need to transfer files between a host, guest, or other test virtual machines.
What If Your VHD File is Corrupted?
If the VHD file you want to migrate is corrupted, then you first need to repair it using a third-party tool, just like Kernel’s tool for VHD. Install, run the Kernel for VHD Recovery software and follow the instructions given below.
- Click on the Select button.
- Select the desired VHD file and click on Open.
- Select the required scanning mode; here we are going for Quick Scan.
- The tool will show the information of the selected disk, click on Next.
- In this step, you need to select the partition options, select the required one and click OK.
- Select the partition, read the information about it and click on Scan.
- Select the files and folders that you want to preview, have a preview of all the files you want to recover. Check the ones you wish to recover and click on Recover.
- Select the destination location for the recovered file and click on Ok.
- Once the process is completed, click on Ok.
This blog post focuses on the process of attaching a VHD file using Hyper-V. We delve into the advantages of using Hyper-V and explore the reasons why you may need to connect a VHD to a virtual machine. Additionally, we provide step-by-step instructions on how to perform this attachment.
Furthermore, we discuss a valuable tool, Kernel for VHD, which can aid in the repair and recovery of VHD/VHDX files. This tool offers various scanning options based on the severity of corruption, allowing you to choose between Quick Scan, Extensive Scan, and File Trace to effectively recover your data.