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Mount-DiskImage

Updated: July 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012

Mount-DiskImage

Mounts a previously created disk image (virtual hard disk or ISO), making it appear as a normal disk.

Syntax

Parameter Set: ByImagePath
Mount-DiskImage [-ImagePath] <String[]> [-Access <Access> ] [-AsJob] [-CimSession <CimSession[]> ] [-NoDriveLetter] [-PassThru] [-StorageType <StorageType> ] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]

Parameter Set: InputObject (cdxml)
Mount-DiskImage -InputObject <CimInstance[]> [-Access <Access> ] [-AsJob] [-CimSession <CimSession[]> ] [-NoDriveLetter] [-PassThru] [-ThrottleLimit <Int32> ] [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [ <CommonParameters>]




Detailed Description

The Mount-DiskImage cmdlet mounts a previously created disk image (virtual hard disk or ISO), making it appear as a normal disk. This cmdlet requires the full path of the VHD or ISO file. If the file is already mounted, then the cmdlet will display the following error.
-- "The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process."

To mount a VHD file, administrator privileges is required. Administrator privileges are not needed to mount an ISO file on Windows® 8. On Windows Server® 2012, only an administrator is allowed to mount or eject an ISO file.

To create and mount a VHD on a computer running Hyper-V, use the New-VHD and Mount-VHD cmdlets in the Hyper-V module (which is included in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 but not enabled by default). Alternatively, open Disk Management and then choose Create VHD from the Action menu.

Parameters

-Access<Access>

Mounts the VHD file in read-only or read-write mode. If this parameter is not used or you specify the Unknown parameter value for the VHD file, the VHD file is mounted in read-write mode.

ISO files are mounted in read-only mode regardless of what parameter value you provide.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-AsJob

Runs the cmdlet as a background job. Use this parameter to run commands that take a long time to complete. The cmdlet immediately returns an object that represents the job and then displays the command prompt. You can continue to work in the session while the job completes. To manage the job, use the *-Job cmdlets. To get the job results, use the Receive-Job cmdlet. For more information about Windows PowerShell® background jobs, see about_Jobs.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-CimSession<CimSession[]>

Runs the cmdlet in a remote session or on a remote computer. Enter a computer name or a session object, such as the output of a New-CimSession or Get-CimSession cmdlet. The default is the current session on the local computer.


Aliases

Session

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ImagePath<String[]>

Specifies the path of the VHD or ISO file.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

1

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByValue, ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-InputObject<CimInstance[]>

Accepts an object from the pipeline as input. This object is a DiskImage CIM object that is exposed by Get-DiskImage cmdlet, which is different from the VirtualHardDisk object output by the New-VHD cmdlet in the Hyper-V module.


Aliases

none

Required?

true

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByValue)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-NoDriveLetter

Specifies that no drive letter should be assigned to the VHD or ISO file after mounting.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-PassThru

Returns an object representing the item with which you are working. By default, this cmdlet does not generate any output.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-StorageType<StorageType>

Specifies the storage type of a file: ISO, VHD, VHDx, or Unknown. If the StorageType parameter is not specified or the Unknown type is provided, then the storage type is determined by file extension.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

True (ByPropertyName)

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-ThrottleLimit<Int32>

Specifies the maximum number of concurrent operations that can be established to run the cmdlet. If this parameter is omitted or a value of 0 is entered, then Windows PowerShell® calculates an optimum throttle limit for the cmdlet based on the number of CIM cmdlets that are running on the computer. The throttle limit applies only to the current cmdlet, not to the session or to the computer.


Aliases

none

Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

none

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-Confirm

Prompts you for confirmation before running the cmdlet.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

-WhatIf

Shows what would happen if the cmdlet runs. The cmdlet is not run.


Required?

false

Position?

named

Default Value

false

Accept Pipeline Input?

false

Accept Wildcard Characters?

false

<CommonParameters>

This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Verbose, -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -OutBuffer, and -OutVariable. For more information, see    about_CommonParameters.

Inputs

The input type is the type of the objects that you can pipe to the cmdlet.

  • Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/Microsoft/Windows/Storage/MSFT_DiskImage

    You can pipe a DiskImage object to the InputObject parameter.


Outputs

The output type is the type of the objects that the cmdlet emits.

  • Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance#ROOT/Microsoft/Windows/Storage/MSFT_DiskImage

    If you specify the Passthru parameter, this cmdlet outputs an object that represents the disk image that you mounted.


Notes

  • The Microsoft.Management.Infrastructure.CimInstance object is a wrapper class that displays Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) objects. The path after the pound sign (#) provides the namespace and class name for the underlying WMI object.

Examples

Example 1: Mounting an ISO

This example mounts an ISO by specifying the image path.


PS C:\> Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath "E:\ISO-Files\My US Visit Fall 2010 Pictures.iso"

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