Linux VHD Boot Made Possible

  1. Posts : 262
    windows 7

    Linux VHD Boot Made Possible


    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: (free site registration required)

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

    detailed instructions:


      My Computer

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

    Thanks... Will give this a try when I get a little play time... GL :)
      My Computer

  3. Posts : 262
    windows 7
    Thread Starter

    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.
      My Computer

  4. Posts : 262
    windows 7
    Thread Starter

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

  5. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot

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


  Related Discussions
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:42.
Find Us