As the virtualization of PC’s and servers becomes more common place these days there is an expanding need to learn more about using them.

Personally, I maintain a virtual setup of Windows 7 and Windows XP for testing software and system tweaks myself using tools from Microsoft like Virtual PC.  If I mess up a virtual version of Windows it is much easier to start over then it is on my production system.

Well Microsoft is also embracing the ability to virtualize your systems and has put together an extensive document to help you get started with virtual hard drives.

This guide provides an introduction to virtual hard disks (VHDs) in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It includes an overview of technologies that you use to configure VHDs, as well as procedures to help guide you through deploying VHDs.

Download the Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide