Windows Server Backup to Shared External USB on Windows 2012 Hyper-V Server

sglee
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Hi,
 
 I have Windows  2012R2 Hyper-V and a couple of VMs. One of VMs is SBS2011.
 I like to backup entire SBS2011 using Windows Server Backup inside SBS2011 to a shared external USB hard drive on Windows 2012R2 Hyper-V Server.
 When I used to run SBS2011 as a standaline server with 2TB External USB HD, I simply point to 2TB USB HD as backup destination.
 In Virtual Enviroment, since External USB HD is NOT directly attached to SBS2011 VM, I am thinking about attaching External USB HD to Hyper-V Server and create a share.

 So the destiantion of Windows Server Backup (from SBS2011) would be something like this: \\Win2012\ExtUSBHD
 Do you see any problem with this idea?
 Does 2TB partition limit still exist?
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Commented:
please consider
http://blogs.technet.com/b/hollis/archive/2012/02/21/accessing-usb-drives-in-a-hyper-v-vm.aspx

there's nothing to do with 2TB, MBR system support upto 2TB. You can easily use your External HDD.

you can also use Veeam free version for VMs backup.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Commented:
Using a share should be fine - it's what I do regularly.

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Thank you for your suggestions.

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