Windows Server 8: Offline servicing

From the little that I’ve looked into Windows Server 8, my favorite new built-in feature is offline servicing. This was possible in the past with Windows Images (WIM files) using the dism.exe tool, but this new feature looks much more promising – the VHD is becoming a very powerful format.     This will make servicing VMs even easier.  

Error removing VHD

After adding the old web server’s VHD to get the web files onto the new web server, I tried to remove the old VHD…only to fail with the following error: Error Removing Hard Drive Failed to remove device ‘Microsoft Synthetic Disk Drive’: Generic failure (0x80041001) Providing no hint at why this happened aside from “cannot be deleted because a logical disk object is still attached to it.” I powered on the VM and offlined the … Read more…