Microsoft has posted a guide to help you configure a system to boot from a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) in several different scenarios.

This guide describes the functionality and usability of native VHD boot, which is a feature in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Native VHD boot enables IT professionals to use a single disk format to service virtual machines and physical client computers. This guide presents three scenarios of varying levels of complexity, and each scenario includes a series of step-by-step instructions. Collectively, these scenarios introduce you to the techniques and supporting deployment tools so that you will be able to apply native VHD boot in a useful and productive manner within your organization.

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