Most organizations today are
incorporating Hyper-V technology into their virtualized working
environments. Hypervisors are virtual machine managers that impact
efficiency, stability and improve system performance. It works on a
platform between the physical server and the virtual machines, which
manages fair resource allocation to all machines. While virtual
systems are beneficial, you need to implement strict security
measures for data protection. VMs are susceptible to malware attacks
due to the several operating systems. Use a reliable
Hyper-V backup software to secure your data and increase
Our article focuses on converting
physical computers into Hyper-V virtual hard drives. It is a simple
process that requires a few converters to create the perfect Hyper-V
platform that will improve your business operations.
Converter – Disk2Vhd
This stage involves downloading a
converter that will help in generating a virtual hard disk. Although
there are many Hyper-V converters, the Disk2Vhd utility is among the
best in the market. It is an efficient converter from Microsoft,
weighing around 0.9MB, making it light and readily available.
Proceed to open the Windows
Sysinternals page, click on downloads, select Disk2Vhd and click to
Step 2-Run Disk2Vhd
After successfully downloading the
converter file, you must run the Disk2Vhd utility on the server you
want to convert to a virtual hard drive. There is a checkbox where
the system prompts to tick or not use volume shadow copy (VSS). With
this option, you will get a transaction-consistent disk form, which
contains all the backup files.
You must choose the new destination of
the VHD file. Tick the disk that you want to convert and include the
options of system reserved if you want a bootable disk. Then,
proceed to start the conversion process by clicking the ‘create’
During the process, there is a timer
that will estimate the completion progress. If you are still
skeptical about the conversion, you can choose to click ‘cancel’ or
help if you encounter any problem. When the process is complete, you
will have a VHD (virtual hard drive) disk. Copy the file to the
Hyper-V server and paste it into the VM folder containing the disks.
In this step, ensure that you have a
virtual machine that will support the new virtual hard drive.
Proceed to the Hyper-V manager and click on Action → New→ Virtual
machine and enter the configuration settings as per your
specifications. The process is quite simple, but you need to be
extra careful when selecting the VM generation option since you
cannot the alter the generation after creating a VHD
After selecting the generation, click
on finish to complete the setup.
This step prompts you to Connect
Virtual Hard Disk. So, select the available hard disk and proceed
with the other steps to complete the wizard.
Finally, run the virtual hard drive by
right-clicking on a VM to power it up. It might not pick up
immediately to change in configuration settings, but it will
eventually boot up. Windows will start as usual, showing that your
conversion process is successful.
Hyper-V VHDs are advantageous to users
in many ways. Apart from lowering resource costs due to the virtual
systems, the conversion process increases efficiency in
incorporating a VHD to the system. Converting your physical machine
to virtual hypervisor hardware is simple if you follow the proper
procedure. Do not forget to incorporate a reliable backup plan to
protect your virtual machines. Hypervisors improve efficiency and
scalability while ensuring each virtual machine receives a fair
share of the hardware allocation. Operating on a virtualized
platform is convenient and easy to operate.