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At one point or another you WILL (not might, WILL) have a virtual machine that needs to get data into it on Hyper-V and you will NOT have network access.

It could be a demo environment.  It might be an unsupported configuration you’re playing with.   Some test environment. 

May the machine needs an update to recognize the Integration services.  Any number of things.

And you’re stuck.

“Grumble grumble grumble”

No you’re not.

A good friend showed me one of the simplest and nicest utilities ever called “Folder2ISO”.  It’s a bit tricky to find, but when you have a copy it’s beautiful.  And TINY.

Folder2ISO creates a .ISO file from a folder structure.  You can of course burn that file, but more importantly in Hyper-V (and many Virtual Environments) you can just mount that sucker.   Ka WHAMMO! You can throw your data in there and life is good.

But guess what? If you have a Server 2008R2 as the host, life gets better. Why?

Server 2008R2 and Windows7 can directly mount a VHD file.  

All you need to do is enter DiskMgmt.msc (Disk Management)

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Off the top of the “Action Menu” you have a two new options.  “Create VHD” and “Attach VHD”.  Choosing “Attach VHD” allows you to browse to a VHD file and mount it as a regular drive.

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What I like about this is by checking “Read-only.” I can play it safe.  Let’s say I want to get data OUT of that environment (or ANY virtual environment) without hurting the source?  Yes.  that “Murphy” character is hiding about every corner with a big surprise when we’re not careful. 

But once it’s mounted I can see the data as any other drive and move goodies in and out.

Oh did I mention the best part?  **** FREE FEATURE **** 🙂

Season’s Greetings all

Sean
The Energized Tech

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