Hyper-V virtual machine supported file locations

Summary

Hyper-V virtual machines are only in a supported configuration when the virtual machine files are stored in a subfolder. It is not a supported configuration to have virtual machine files stored directly in the base (or root) of a drive or file share.

For example:

D:\ is not a supported location for storing virtual machine files in Hyper-V.

D:\VMs is a supported location for storing virtual machine files.

\\FILESERVER\SHARE is not a supported location for storing virtual machine files.

\\FILESERVER\Share\VMname is a supported location for storing virtual machine files.

More Information

Hyper-V requires that it can control the file access permissions on all files that comprise a virtual machine. This is not possible when a virtual machine is stored in the base of a drive or share.
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Article ID: 2928127 - Last Review: 10 Feb 2014 - Revision: 1

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