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Double Click a VHD to mount it

Ben Armstrong sends along another great tip for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 beta and the new VHDMount utility.

This time, Ben writes that while the tool provided is a command line tool, a very small amount of work will allow you to mount a VHD just by double clicking on it.  By creating a .reg file with the following contents, this becomes a snap!

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD\shell]
@="Mount"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD\shell\Dismount]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD\shell\Dismount\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Virtual Server\\Vhdmount\\vhdmount.exe\" /u \"%1\""

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD\shell\Mount]

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Virtual.Machine.HD\shell\Mount\command]
@="\"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Virtual Server\\Vhdmount\\vhdmount.exe\" /p \"%1\""

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.vhd]
@="Virtual.Machine.HD"

And then double clicking on the .reg file to load it into your registry, you will be able to double click a VHD to mount it, and then right click on it to dismount it.

Way cool!  Thanks a lot Ben.  These are great tricks!  Please keep them coming.

To thank Ben or comment on this, check out his original post, here.

Published Wednesday, September 06, 2006 9:13 AM by David Marshall
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Blog Team TechNet Italia - (Author's Link) - December 18, 2006 2:38 AM

Voglio segnalarvi una "chicca" di Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 (adesso in beta

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