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Where Is My Datastore in Hyper-V?

20+ Days of Server Virtualization | Part 4 of 20

The term 'datastore’ is one that many of you who work with VMware are familiar, but which doesn’t really translate to the world of Microsoft’s Hyper-V.   “Since Hyper-V does not require a different formatting of the underlying physical disk structure like VMFS(VMware’s proprietary disk format) we are able to browse the ‘datastore’ with File Explorer(In Windows 8/Server 2012…formerly known as Windows Explorer).”

Did you know that Hyper-V Server is free, and yet fully supports every bit of Hyper-V goodness, scale, performance, high-availability...etc?!

“Who said that?”

That quote was from my friend Tommy Patterson, who writes about datastores and how they compare to the file system structures used in Hyper-V in Part 4 of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization” series.  In his article he describes the locations of the various components that define and make up a Hyper-V virtual machine, and even provides a script to help you quickly locate filesystem locations for your virtual machine bits.

Read His Article Here

And if you still need a copy of Hyper-V Server 2012 or and evaluation of Windows Server 2012, well, click the previous underlined text.

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