Hyper-V and storage

Hi, i need some advice on storage for using with Hyper-V. SAN is the best solution, but since i dont need SAN and the price is high i was wondering if 2012 R2 Storage Server would be an good alternative?

Hyper-V server with VMs and VMs OS ( VHD files ), 10GBase network card(s)

Storage Server with VMs datadisks ( VHD files ), 10GBase network card(s)


If using 2012 R2 storage server for Hyper-V VMs datadisks, is it possible to run backup from the 2012 R2 storage server OS to backup/restore VHDX files on that server? Does the VHD(X) files need to be fixed size when backups not running from the VMs?
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andyalderCommented:
Is this a single server or a cluster? If it's a single server you may just as well use the local disks rather than having a separate server for storage.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You can use Storage Server, or  we prefer to use StarWind iSCSI Software for FREE!

StarWind iSCSI SAN Free Edition
http://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-free
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andyalderCommented:
Don't think StarWind cluster is free in which case it's not really any better than local disks.
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NetoMeter ScreencastsCommented:
Hi,

Here are the answers to your question:

1.  VHD(X) files don't need to be fixed size when backups are not running from the VMs.
2. Starwind (including the free edition) is a very good choice and offers awesome performance and features.
3. You can configure iSCSI targets on your Storage Server without Starwind first, and then compare it both performance/feature wise.
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per-wAuthor Commented:
So VSS can backup a dynamic disk?

Yes, i can use iSCSI and test things.
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