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Vmware View Datastore

on the screenshot below, I would like to have an Expert to explain the difference between the datastores on step 6-7-8
I initially thought OS disk and Replica mean the same thing.?
 Persistent I believe is still created off the Master image Snapshot . correct?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
6 - Where the OS of the VDI client is stored. So e.g. the C: drive of the VM

7 - Persistent Disks for VDI VMs are stored. User Data disks! Where users will store there data so the D: drive

8 - Replica Disks are stored - we did replicas in another question, usually these are SSD or Flash Array for SPEED!
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
So if you are configuring Dedicated VM  then, each data of that VM will be split into different datastores:

- The OS files will be in Datastore1
- The user Data (profile as well the documents saved by user) to Datastore 2
- Replica (it sounds to me like OS files) ? will be in Datastore 3

Correct ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct, splitting datastores in this way, using tier-ed storage aids performance.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
- What is the difference between The OS files and Replica ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You have a Master Image or Golden Master which is vSphere Cloned to a Replica and then VMware Composer then creates many Linked Clones.

So

Master Image ---> Replica -----> Linked Clones

The replica is the object which the Linked Clones is created from.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much!
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