The Managing Virtual Machine Storage module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Create VHD and VHDx
  • Modify VHDs
  • Managing VM Checkpoints

Exercise 1 - Create VHD and VHDx

A virtual disk is a type of disk drive that works like a physical hard disk and used by computer virtualization applications such as Hyper-V and VMware. Virtual machines utilize virtual disks to run an operating system and store data files. Depending on the virtualization software that you use, virtual disks can be identified with extension names like .vmdk, .vhd and .vhdx files.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V supports two virtual hard disk formats namely, virtual hard disk (VHD) and VHDX.

VHDX is scalable because it supports a larger storage capacity and provides protection from data corruption during inevitable power outages. It can handle structural alignments of dynamic and differencing disks on new, large-sector physical disks.

In this exercise, you will perform the tasks required to create and configure virtual machine storage.

Exercise 2 - Modify VHDs

You can use the Edit Virtual Hard Disk Wizard to perform various actions that modify virtual hard disks or VHD. The available actions differ depending on the type of disk you select for modification.

Exercise 3 - Managing VM Checkpoints

Checkpoints provide a fast and easy way to revert the virtual machine to a previous state. For this reason, virtual machine checkpoints are intended mainly for use in development and test environments. Having an easy way to revert a virtual machine can be very useful if you need to recreate a specific state or condition so that you can troubleshoot a problem.

Checkpoints were known in the earlier versions of Hyper-V Manager as snapshots.

Exercise 4 - Working with Fibre Channel Adapter

In this exercise, you will configure a virtual machine setting in Hyper-V to allow it to access Fibre Channel Storage.

Fibre Channel or FC is a high-speed network technology that commonly runs at 2 and up to 16 gigabits per second (Gbps) used to connect computer data storage.

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