I decided to take a backup of a system I had made in Acronis and convert it to a Microsoft VirtualPC VHD. I then wanted to explore this VHD and mount it as a drive on my system across the network all from a Server 2003 system. Windows 7/2008 have VHD Mount capability natively in the Disk Management Utility (diskmgmt.msc):
Since Server 2003 doesn’t have this natively, but Virtual Server 2005 SP1 does have this tool, you can install VHDMount standalone.
First, download Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2994
During installation, choose Custom and only install VHDMount.
After installation is completed, you will find VHDMount tools located in
C:Program FilesMicrosoft Virtual ServerVHDMount directory.
For additional information on how to use VHDMount, see Microsoft’s TechNET article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc708295(v=ws.10).aspx