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How to create a reusable SharePoint Server 2013 bootable VHD using trial downloads – Part 2

Creating a bootable VHD

We need the ImageX tool for creating a bootable VHD. But Microsoft is providing this tool with following software development kits.

1. Windows Assessment and Development Kit for Windows 8

2. Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7

But we are not going to download and install the development kit. Instead of that, simply we will download only the ImageX tool from here. This will save our time for installing and configuring of Windows Assessment Tool kit/Windows Automated Installation kit.

And many blog posts are available today for creating a virtual hard drive and Windows Server 2012 installation. So I am not going to provide the detailed explanation VHD creation steps. Before start the VHD setup, please keep in mind the following points,

  1. If you are trying to create a VHD from Windows 8 then, we should use the VHDX file format like below image.


  2. Based on your hard disk capacity, you can choose Fixed Size or dynamically expanding option. For Windows 8, dynamic expanding mode is recommended one.
  3. If you are going with Fixed Size, please make sure that you have around 300GB memory space in your hard disk and your Virtual hard disk size should be minimum 80-100GB for complete SharePoint installation.
  4. In addition to that, we are going to install the Window Server 2012 from trial download, so we should choose the following windows image selection option while installing the OS.


That’s it. Now we will follow the below link for creating a bootable VHD with Windows 2012 Server installation.

How to Create Windows 8 VHD for Boot to VHD using simple, easy to follow steps

Using the blog post, we have done the following activities now,

  1. Created bootable virtual hard drive.
  2. Installed Windows Server 2012 image (configuration steps are pending)

Add a Virtual Hard Disk to the Boot Menu

For configuring and working with Windows Server, we first need to add our virtual hard disk to boot menu. Please follow the below steps for attaching your VHD with base OS.


Follow this link for more details (Step 4: Deploy the VHD with native-boot capabilities)

Now we have attached our Windows Server 2012 image with our boot menu. When we restart the machine, we can see the two option in boot menu. The first option is our base OS Windows 7/8 and the second one is “Windows 2012 SP 2013 SP1 trial”.

That’s it. I have to say bye now. I will continue this post from my new Windows 2012 trial version.

In the next post, we will see that how to configure the Windows 2012 server.

For other posts on this series

  1. Overview of the native bootable VHD and list of required software
  2. Create a native bootable virtual hard drive, installing windows server 2012 and configure boot menu
  3. Enabling desktop features in windows server 2012
  4. SQL Server installation using slipstream mode, create the SP1 slipstream into SharePoint 2013 and single shot installation
  5. Create a master native bootable VHD using sysprep method
  6. Configuring Active Directory and Domain Services, SQL Server 2012 and SharePoint 2013

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