Linux VHD Boot Made Possible


  1. Posts : 262
    windows 7
       #1

    Linux VHD Boot Made Possible


    Hello,

    We have made Linux to boot from a VHD file, will be released as open source soon.

    1 Linux as Real Appliance

    With VBoot for Linux, you can pre-install and pre-configure Linux OS and its applications, then distribute the resulting virtual disk file in VHD format. The vhd can boot a real computer, with configuration and apps instantly available. This way, operating systems are truly manageable, as simple as files. We call such a Linux VHD to be a real appliance, in the sense that it boots physical computers.

    It's very easy to setup and boot a computer with a vhd file. You download the vhd file, drop it to Windows or Linux file system, then configure the boot loader, and reboot the computer.

    2 Linux as Virtual Appliance

    The exact same vhd file also runs as a virtual machine using virtualization software, such as VMLite Workstation, VirtualBox, Xen and Virtual PC and Hyper-V, etc. By default, it's optimized for VMLite Workstation.

    If VMLite Workstation is installed, you can simply double click the ubuntu-910-desktop-i386.mop file to launch the vhd as a virtual machine with VMLite Workstation.

    3 USB Boot Made Easy

    You just need to store the vhd file to usb drive, then hook the USB to different computers to boot.


    A sample Ubuntu VHD package is ready for download:

    http://www.vmlite.com/index.php/download/22-appliances (free site registration required)

    download, extract it, then double click setup.exe on Windows, reboot
    On Linux, need to configure boot loaders.

    detailed instructions:

    http://www.vmlite.com/appliances/ubuntu-910-readme.html

    screenshots:



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  2. Posts : 310
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
       #2

    Thanks... Will give this a try when I get a little play time... GL :)
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  3. Posts : 262
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #3

    XP/Vista/7 VHD boot is also supported, but these portions won't be open source. You can actually drop an XP/Vista/7 VHD file to a Linux partition, and boot them, with no requirement on NTFS. Samples for xp/vista/7 boot are not available yet.
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  4. Posts : 262
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Ubuntu 10.04 real appliance available for download. It boots all physical PCs, also run as a virtual machine.

    http://www.vmlite.com/index.php/foru...e-for-download
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  5. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #5

    Anyone or any online archive got a copy of this from back in the day? Please PM me
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