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  1. 1. What is SmartVDK? SmartVDK is a high-performance disk driver and COM component for working with virtual hard disks. 2. What disk formats does SmartVDK support? Disks of the following types can be scanned, mounted and created with SmartVDK. Microsoft's VHD format (both dynamic and fixed disks.) VMWare's VMDK format (both dynamic and fixed disks.) The VirtualBox VDI format. The Parallels HDD format. Since SmartVDK uses Windows' built-in filesystem drivers, keep in mind that only FAT32 and NTFS (including BitLocker partitions) can be mounted under Windows. 3. Can SmartVDK convert physical disks to virtual disks? Or can it duplicate virtual disks? SmartVDK doesn't automate conversion of disks. However, you can use SmartWIM to capture a physical or virtual disk to a WIM file. And you can then use SmartWIM to apply that image to a new virtual disk created by SmartVDK. Be sure to use SmartVDK's CopyDiskLayout method to prepare a new blank disk that matches the original disk.
  2. Here's a list of some of the most common SmartWIM questions which come up quite often, as we answer support requests. 1. What is SmartWIM? SmartWIM is a powerful COM component and ActiveX control for the Windows Imaging File Format (WIM). It offers friendlier ways of doing progress and spanned media events, as well as a technique for generating WIM file deltas, which contain only the changes between two (or more) WIM images. 2. What is the difference between SmartWIM and the SmartDeploy Imaging Component? Actually, they're the same thing. SmartWIM is a nickname for the SmartDeploy Imaging Component. SmartWIM was first released in 2006 as a wrapper around Microsoft's WIMGAPI. In 2008, we released SmartWIM 2.0 with advanced splitting, delta and spanned media features, some of which depart from WIMGAPI. 3. How do I check the version of SmartWIM I'm using? The easiest way is to use the SmartWIM.vbs script. Run: smartwim /VERSION To check a specific DLL's version, right-click on SmartWIM.dll and click the Properties item. Select the Version tab. The version number is listed there, the first item, the File version. 4. Where is SmartWIM installed? The SmartDeploy Imaging Component installer, by default, installs to the Program Files folder. Possible locations are: C:\Program Files\SmartDeploy\Imaging Component C:\Program Files (x86)\SmartDeploy\Imaging Component
  3. What is SmartVDK? SmartVDK is a high-performance disk driver and COM component for working with virtual hard disks. Features: Supports Microsoft VHD, Parallels HDD, Sun VDI, and VMware VMDK formats. Create, mount, and manipulate virtual hard disks without a virtualization platform. Access virtual hard disk volumes behind the scenes without assigning a drive letter. Code examples include command line tool with simple syntax: SMARTVDK /MOUNT “D:\Windows Vista.vhd” Download
  4. What is SmartWIM? SmartWIM is a powerful COM component and ActiveX control for the Windows Imaging File Format (WIM). New 2.0 features: Create differencing image (.dwm) files that contain only whats changed. No more replicating huge WIM files. Directly apply images from spanned media. No more caching split files! Split forecasting for tighter packing of split image (.swm) files. Code examples include command line tool with simple syntax: SMARTWIM /CAPTURE C: D:\INSTALL.WIM Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit Edition Download
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