How to manually merge snapshots in Hyper-V

There are lot of articles similar with that. Ok. This is a only just my recent experience

I have VM with only one AVHD (snapshot/checkpoint) . If your VM has a lot of AVHD files , you need to locate the latest.

For example, you have 3 snapshots for VM (VHD <> AVHD1<> AVHD2 <> AVHD3) .

VHD is the parent disk for AVHD1, AVHD1 is the parent for AVHD2 and AVHD2 is the parent for AVHD3.

Merging process: AVHD3 to AVHD2, AVHD2 to AVHD1 , AVHD1 to VHD

In my case I have only AVHD1 and parent VHD (on the picture below)

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View (for 2012/2012R2, folder properties 2008/2008R2) –> activate “File Name Extensions” and change AVHD extension  to VHD

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Go to Hyper-V Manager , click on Edit Disk on the right pane , Browse and locate your checkpoint (.vhd)

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Click on the Next and choose Merge

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Merge the changes to the parent virtual disk

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Click “Finish”

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Result:

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Merging AVHD to VHD is completed.Now you can use this merged VHD disk during VM creation.

Linux Integration Services Version 3.5 for #Hyper-V

Microsoft has recently released new version of Linux Integration Service (LIS) to provide compatibility for Linux guest OS under Hyper-V.

This version of LIS supports the following guest operating systems:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5.5-5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86/x64

CentOS 5.5-5.8, 6.0-6.3 x86 and x64

Note that in comparison to LIS 3.4, LIS 3.5 expands the list of supported distributions to include RHEL/CentOS 5.5-5.6.

LIS 3.5 is available for downloading using this link
TIP: Download and review Linux Integration Services v35.pdf too