disk can be tried with the virtual machines using a differencing vir-tual disk for testing before committing the changes to the parent vir-tual disk.A differencing disk can also use a sysprep parent to rapidlydeploy multiple virtual machines based on a “golden”image of theoperating system.
A linked virtual disk is a connection to a physical hard diskon the physical computer.This virtual hard disk can have multiplevolumes.The virtual hard disk is created with the actual boot parti-tion and partition map from the physical drive on the physical com-puter.All read and write requests are performed directly on thelinked physical hard disk.A linked disk provides a way to convert aphysical hard disk to a virtual hard disk.This disk can have multiplevolumes.Linked disks are always ﬁxed-size disks that use the entiredisk.You must have adequate space on the physical server’s disk drivesto accommodate this new ﬁxed virtual disk.You cannot use undo anddifferencing disks with a linked disk.
Creating the Virtual Server
A virtual server can run almost any Intel-based operating system and each canhave different amounts of memory,numbers of virtual hard disks,and Comand LPT ports.You must consider some planning steps when making virtualservers.The main thing to remember is that
virtual machines are depen-dant on the physical resources of the Virtual Server 2005 server.The hostserver must have enough physical resources for memory,disk,CPU,and net-work bandwidth to handle the number of virtual machines and the allocatedresources of each.Some things to consider are:
Virtual Machine ﬁlenames
Each virtual machine must have aunique ﬁlename.This ﬁlename must be fewer than 150 characterslong without any special characters.A descriptive ﬁlename is the bestpractice to avoid confusion later on.An example of a good ﬁlenamemay be EXCH01_Win2003SP1_Exch2003SP2_C.vhd for the C:
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