Friday, September 10, 2010

Hyper-V : VHD size optimization #2

Time to revise an old post based on recent experiences with Hyper-V.
I posted on how to optimize the size of VHDs, but I'm revising that now to include step 2 below >

1) Defragment the VHD (Defraggler was better than the Windows tool)
2) Use Precompact.exe to a "zero out" i.e. overwrite with zeros available blank space. *
3) Shut down the VM and Shrink the VHD from Hyper-V.

* Precompact.exe is found in precompactor.ISO which in turn you get from the Virtual PC 2007 installation (in C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Virtual PC\Virtual Machine Additions)

Link : Compacting Hyper-V files

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