N/APosted on - 10/25/2011
I am operating in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 on my personal computer and have configured a VHD for native boot. I wanted to know if there any forms of restrictions that one needs to be cautious about when attaching the Virtual Hard Disks.
Virtual Hard Disks restriction issues
There are multiple issues you need to be aware of, but some of them are more crucial than the others. Apart from the obvious limitations you might expect, like that you cannot use BitLocker encryption on the partition you have your .vhd file stored in, the main limitation you might encounter without expecting it is that the VHD native boot does not allow you to use hibernation, only the sleep mode.
There are further limitations, but they are rather to be expected – like that you cannot store the .vhd anywhere it would be out of reach for the boot manager (e.g. network drives), or that using dynamic virtual hard drives would impede the computer’s performance, so it is not recommended for day-to-day use, only for experimental use. Dynamic vhds can be also less stable – and consequently less secure – than the fixed-size vhds, so you should be aware of your needs and set your VHD native boot accordingly.
Sources:Download Link, Download Link1, Download Link2
PS: The last link includes speed statistics concerning usage fixed-size and dynamic vhds.