November, 2009

  • Backup and Recovery of Non-Windows VMs on Hyper-V – IT JUST WORKS!

    In the last few posts I showed you a simple (and low cost ) manual method for back and recovery of virtual machines running on Hyper-V. When I ran through the process in my lab, I purposely used two different types of virtual machines: one Windows...
  • DiskShadow / Xcopy RESTORE of Hyper-V

    In my last post I showed you how to create a consistent backup of a Hyper-V host using the no additional cost Diskshadow command and an attached USB drive (in contrast to the costly VMware Consolidated Backup). Now I want to show you how to restore the...
  • DiskShadow / Xcopy BACKUP of Hyper-V

    I mentioned in my last post the diskshadow command line tool that was introduced in Windows Server 2008. Jose Barreto did a nice job over viewing the command in his blog , so I won't cover the same ground. I’m going to walk you through how I use diskshadow...
  • The Wonder of Volume Shadow Copy and Hyper-V

    Microsoft introduced the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) as part of Windows Server 2003 . VSS lets you coordinate necessary actions to create a consistent point-in-time copy (also known as a shadow copy or snapshot ) of data for backup purposes. It allows...
  • Best Part of Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Is Windows!

    I speak with lots of customers about virtualization every week. I’m always interested in how they manage their virtual environment, and often dig into their operational procedures and practices. I find that organizations who adopted virtualization earlier...
  • Exporting Hyper-V VMs Over the Network

    I received a comment via e-mail that it can take 2-3 times as long to move a VM from one Hyper-V host to another host, when compared to VMware or Virtual Server. I do not think that the person mentioning this was super familiar with Hyper-V export, but...