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  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica: The Value for Branch Deployments

    OK, I’m going to ramble just a little bit here.  Before I dive deep into how I might monitor replication for a collection of Hyper-V hosts (this is without the benefits of System Center, which would be better, of course…just showing you how it works), I wanted to go over one of the awesome scenarios...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica: My Setup

    Hi everyone!  Before I get too deep into playing around with Hyper-V Replica using Windows Server 2012 R2, I wanted to share with you my setup. I’m using my coffee table once again (like I did with my USB 3.0 Tiered Storage SAN ), and I’ve created a Hyper-V test infrastructure based on a stack of...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica: Getting Started

    I’m not going to walk through a basic setup of Hyper-V Replica – those are available all over the Internet . Many of these posts don’t remind you of some of the basics…like how to easily view / monitor replication.  Within Hyper-V Manager, you likely already see the “Status” of VMs – that column...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica: Better Than DR, it’s Disaster Avoidance and Way More!

    Hyper-V Replica was introduced in with Windows Server 2012, and is one of those transformational features that completely alters how disaster recovery planning (mundane) and implementation (formerly REALLY expensive) should be handled. I like to think that one of the “target” scenarios for Hyper-V Replica...
  • Blog Post: 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 have not taken full advantage of the technology...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 Sessions

    I've been heads down on all sorts of things, including preparing for two sessions at TechEd next week. If you're heading to New Orleans, be sure to check out these two sessions next week at TechEd in New Orleans covering mixed environments: Code Session Room Day Time ...
  • Blog Post: 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 VMs that you backed up to a separate host (what...
  • Blog Post: CSV is not Required for Live Migration

    I had this whole post all ready to go, then my lab took a power hit (poof!). At least I know what to write again! Anyhow, I received a great comment on the other “Windows Server Expert” blog about CSV and Live Migration. I had mentioned in a post about the value of Hyper-V backup that CSV is not required...
  • Blog Post: 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 VM with a VSS-aware OS and enabled integration...
  • Blog Post: Host-based Backup of CSV Volumes

    Happy New Year! I’ve received several questions and comment about backing up VMs that reside on CSV volumes. In short, you can do it, but it’s tricky. There’s a great post on the DPM Insider blog about the challenges ( Here ). Host-based backup of CSV-base VMs works with DPM 2010 and other tools...
  • Blog Post: 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 you to create manual or automatic backup snapshots...
  • Blog Post: Linux P2V With DD and VHDTool – EASY and CHEAP!

    So I’ve been busy the last two week getting ready for TechEd (WAHOO!) where I’m co-presenting two sessions this year.  One of the sessions is all about Linux on Hyper-V.  To get ready, I’ve been working though lots of the common operational tasks including (as you know P2V) migrations. I mentioned...
  • Blog Post: 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 to create a consistent, restorable, consolidated...