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Support information on virtual machine restore to SMB share (Microsoft Windows Server 2008)

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If you are trying to restore a virtual machine on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine hosts, the following example describes the supported restore scenarios if you are restoring data to SMB share.


Assume that few virtual machine hosts  fall under domain d1 and few hosts fall under workgroup w1. A user can restore a virtual machine or virtual disk on hosts that fall under d1 and w1. An SMB share is set up in d1 and another one in w1. Few hosts in d1 can access the SMB share in w1. The user triggers a restore job, selects the host, and provides the UNC path of the SMB share. 

Possible scenarios are:

Scenario Host location SMB share location SMB Share access to the host? Restore supported?
1 d1 d1 Yes Yes
2 d1 w1 Yes Yes
3 w1 w1 Yes No
4 w1 d1 No No

In scenario 3, Hybrid Workloads agent cannot restore data to the host because the workgroup host does not provide the write permissions needed for the restore job. If you run into issues with scenario 1, see Troubleshooting

In addition to the above scenarios, NAS is not supported by Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. For more information, see Planning for Disks and Storage. [External link to Microsoft docs]