On Linux qemu-nbd can be used to access disk images in different formats as if they were block devices.
For example, to mount a VHD file run
qemu-nbd --connect=/dev/nbd0 --format=vpc <vhd_file> mount /dev/nbd0p1 /mnt/
To unmount and disconnect the nbd device run
umount /mnt qemu-nbd --disconnect /dev/nbd0