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Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd

Make it possible to download a compressed (zip?) vhd instead of the full vhd. Now I have to download the whole vhd and not just the bits that are actually used.

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Remco L shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
under review  ·  Corey Sanders [MSFT] responded  · 

We are thinking of enabling an easy way to download a dynamic VHD to reduce the download size, if that helps? Unfortunately, I don’t think VHD files compress that well.

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  • Fabio Marini commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That would be great. Downloading 127GB might only work out to a few dollars, but even on a decent connection can take days...

  • Vladimir Makayev commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hello just try to compress the vhd from some sample VM. It does compress very well depending on the data on that vhd of course.

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