Do you use Basic Volumes inside VHD's?

Last updated by Brady Stroud [SSW] about 1 month ago.See history

When formatting a new virtual disk you have attached to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine, you can choose to to format the disk as a Basic disk or Dynamic disk .

A Dynamic disk might be useful in situations where you want to create a software RAID array, but when using Hyper-V this not a good idea because it prevents Microsoft Data Protection Manager (DPM) from doing Child State Backups (backups while the machine is running).

For this reason, never use Dynamic disks inside Hyper-V Virtual Machines.

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Bad Example - DPM cannot backup this Virtual Machine's child state as it has a Dynamic Disk

Figure: Bad Example - DPM cannot backup this Virtual Machine's child state as it has a Dynamic Disk

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Good example – Using Basic Volumes allows DPM to backup the Virtual Machine’s child state

Good example – Using Basic Volumes allows DPM to backup the Virtual Machine’s child state

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