What is Virtual Machine Recovery?
Virtual Machines are software implementations of computer systems through hardware, software or a combination of both. They can either pose as a complete operating (OS) system as a system virtual machine or as a single program as a process virtual machine. The advantages of a virtual machine are that they can have multiple OS environments run on the same drive and allow virtual file sharing and that they have inherent data recovery for most cases. The disadvantage is that when drives run concurrently in the system, there is a possibility of unstable performance.
Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) is the typical file format that is used as the hard disk of a virtual machine. Another open source file format option developed by VMware, is a VMDK (Virtual Machine Disk) to contain virtual hard disk drives.