Multiple Windows 2012 Servers backing up to same hard drive?

If I use the Windows Server 2012 built-in backup, it seems the backup hard drive is formatted in a way that can only be used by Windows Server backup.

My question is, can i use the same physical hard drive as a backup drive from another installation of Windows Server 2012 (Essentials, for example)?

Thanks in advance.



This can be done if you format then drive as normal before running the backup wizard on either computer, and then choose option to backup to an existing drive when you set up the backup. If you, instead, choose the option to let WSB manage the drive, it is reformatted and is exclusive to the last machine that configured the drive.



This can be done if you format then drive as normal before running the backup wizard on either computer, and then choose option to backup to an existing drive when you set up the backup. If you, instead, choose the option to let WSB manage the drive, it is reformatted and is exclusive to the last machine that configured the drive.



So I can take a 4TB hard drive, partition it into two 2TB partitions (NTFS?), and devote a partition to each Windows 2012 Server?

And the Server installations will understand not to exceed its allotted 2TB capacity?



Yes.



Thanks much!



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