Mount-VHD requires Hyper-V role

Not really a question, unless someone can provide a better way to do this.

VM is Server 2012 R2.

I have a VM that creates VM’s using Hyper-V PowerShell management tools, I now have the need to mount a vhd to manipulate the filesystem. Mount-VHD would work with annoyingly have to install the Hyper-V role.Since I’m already inside a VM, this didn’t work and I have to use:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature –Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V –All

Once the VM has restarted I was then able to mount vhd’s on this machine.

What I can’t understand is Explorer / the shell, can mount a vhd by simply double clicking it, but to use mount-vhd I had to install the Hyper-V role.

Thought I’d post this, if anyone else has this issue.

Well, the commands have to come from somewhere. Server-side, they’re installed along with their role. But on a client computer, you could install the RSAT, which includes the server commands.

The RSAT tools were already installed, Mount-VHD seems to specifically require the role to be installed.


You always can use analogic cmdlet:

Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath “\myserver\share\file.vhd”
Dismount-DiskImage -ImagePath “\myserver\share\file.vhd”