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Backing up Virtual Machines and running from Network Share


I am investigating visualizing our infrastructure and I have two questions:

1. Because Virtual Machines are simply a folder with files, if I were to run a tape backup job and back up the folders, will the backup be successful if it runs while the virtual machines are online? Will there be any adverse affects to not shutting down the virtual machines before backing up the files?

2. Is it possible to run a virtual machine from a network share? This way I can host the virtual machine files on a share that is accessible to all servers, and in the event of a hardware failure, I can simply open the virtual machine on another server through the network share. Is this advisable? Why / why not?

Thanks !
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Duncan Meyers

8/22/2022 - Mon