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Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Cookbook by Edvaldo Alessandro Cardoso

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Rapidly provisioning a virtual machine by using SAN Copy

This recipe will guide you through the steps to rapidly provision a virtual machine by using the Storage Area Network (SAN) Copy technology (for example, snapshots and cloning).

Rapid provisioning can quickly create and deploy VMs, but to use a SAN Copy-capable template, the storage must support SAN Copy through cloning or snapshots.

The SAN Copy-capable template allows VMM, when deploying a new VM, to create a read/write copy of the LUN containing the VHD/VHDX file, which then places the VM files on the new LUN assigned to a destination host/cluster. For this operation, storage transfer is used instead of a network transfer.

Getting ready

Make sure that the following prerequisites are met if ...

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