09/14/2014 Updated with information about running application aware VSS backups.

This best practices guidance is aimed at 13th generation XC Series Hyper-converged appliances configured to boot Windows 2012 Server R2 with Hyper-V from a Serial ATA Disk on Motherboard (SATADOM). This document provides recommendations for maintaining the stability and performance of the platform and workloads, while also preserving the operational lifetime of the SATADOM.