A (hopefully) quick question - does enabling backup checksum default option affect VSS backups in any way?

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This gives you a little bit of extra protection for your database backups, since the backup operation verifies each page for checksum and torn page, and generates a checksum for the entire backup. This is not a substitute for actually restoring you database backups on a regular basis, but it is a useful extra step to help ensure that your backups are actually good.

CHECKSUMs does not add too much CPU load but doing a VERIFYONLY does. There is no impact on vss snapshot creation.

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