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  • Blog Post: Announcing the GA of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery

    I am excited to announce the GA of the Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery . In addition to enabling replication to and recovery in Microsoft Azure, ASR enables automated protection of VMs, remote health monitoring, no-impact recovery plan testing, and single click orchestrated recovery...
  • Blog Post: Networking 101 for Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure using Site Recovery

    Getting the networking requirements right is a critical piece in ensuring Disaster Recovery readiness of your business critical workloads. When an administrator evaluates the disaster recovery capabilities that she needs for her application(s), she needs to think through and develop a robust networking...
  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery – case of the “network connection failure”

    Luís Caldeira is one of our early adopters who had pinged us with an interesting error. Thanks for reaching out to us Luís and sharing the details of your setup. I am sure this article will come handy to folks who hit this error at some point. Some days back, Luís sent us a mail informing that his enable...
  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery - FAQ

    Quick post to clarify some frequently asked questions on the newly announced Azure Site Recovery service which enables you to protect your Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure. The FAQ will not address every feature capability - it should help you get started. Q1: Did you just change the name from Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

    Continuing from the previous blog - check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product. Love it??? Talk about it, try it and share your comments. Let’s retrace the journey - in Jan 2014, we announced...
  • Blog Post: Out-of-band Initial Replication (OOB IR) and Deduplication

    A recent conversation with a customer brought out the question: What is the best way to create an entire Replica site from scratch? At the surface this seems simple enough – configure initial replication to send the data over the network for the VMs one after another in sequence. For this specific customer...
  • Blog Post: TechEd North America 2014

    This year TechEd North America is happening between 12 May and 15 May, at Houston. There are some interesting sessions around Backup and Disaster Recovery – so I would highly encourage you all to attend these sessions and interact with the folks presenting. Sessions on May 12 Sessions on May 15 Looking...
  • Blog Post: Big news: Microsoft and HP team up to move IT forward

    This morning Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 million agreement to jointly deliver a new infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing and generally reduce the costs and complexities of IT. The press release, executive videos and other information about the agreement...
  • Blog Post: Kroll Factual Data: 85% virtualized, 30:1 VM density

    You may have never heard of Kroll Factual Data. But ever since personal credit became harder to acquire, lenders held tighter to their money, and interest rates went up/down like a roller coaster, Kroll has been on a wild ride of their own. In short, Kroll Factual Data offers business information to...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Virtual Eggs in One Virtualization Basket?

    Hi, my name is Dave Demlow and I am the Chief Technology Officer at Double-Take Software. Double-Take Software has been a leading provider of data replication and failover technologies for Microsoft Windows Server and applications going all the way back to Windows NT 3.51. So like many of you, we...
  • Blog Post: Re-blog: Microsoft Site Recovery Solution Launch

    I'm re-blogging here. Over at Virt Planet blog , Jim wrote the following: This week Microsoft is launching a comprehensive solution to help customers implement cost effective, end-to-end site recovery programs. Built on proven capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and the System Center management...
  • Blog Post: More on today's announcement with NetApp

    We published some news today with NetApp; see here . In short, Microsoft and NetApp... today announced a new three-year agreement that deepens product collaboration and technical integration, and extends joint sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide. Under the new agreement, the two...
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery – not a nightmare with virtualization

    Hello all, my name is Chris Steffen and I am the Principal Technical Architect at Kroll Factual Data. Kroll Factual Data is a company that provides business information to mortgage lenders, consumer lenders, property management firms and other businesses. We have been a part of the Microsoft Technology...
  • Blog Post: RT: Happy Data Privacy Day from System Center

    As many of you are using Hyper-V to host Exchange, SQL and Sharepoint, I'm sure many of you think about backup and recovery of those workloads. If you do, then you'll be interested to read Jason's blog post in honor of Data Privacy Day, which is today if you didn't already have parties planned ;-). Jason...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: EMC and Microsoft Think Big

    Hi, I'm Adrian Simays, Hyper-V technical architect at EMC. EMC and Microsoft have been thinking big lately. How big? We’ve set out to build and test one of the largest Hyper-V environments in the world. And why not? With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 , Microsoft introduced features...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica Powershell Series: Don’t want Replica folder names as GUIDs!

    When you enable replication on a virtual machine, the Replica virtual machine files are created under the location specified by you in the Replica server configuration on the Replica side. Under the specified location, the files are created under a folder structure that looks like: The folders...
  • Blog Post: BEWARE THE VMWARE MEMORY VTAX; PLUS--GOOD NEWS FOR HYPER-V...

    Virtualization Nation, The last few weeks have been buzzing with virtualization news. Just two examples are the Windows Server “ 8 ” Hyper-V Sneak Peek at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and VMware’s creation of the Memory vTax. WPC: A Sneak Peek at Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: desktop to datacenter

    It's been a while since I've posted a blog ... but that one really caused a stir in the Virt circles in the Bay Area. Hopefully it doesn't mean I can't hit up those people for Sharks tickets. I've stumbled across some interesting items that I wanted to share with you. Microsoft Desktop Optimization...
  • Blog Post: Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica–Part II - Planned Failover

    In the first part of this 3-part series, you learnt about Test Failover. In this part, I will talk about the Planned Failover (PFO). 1. What is Planned Failover? PFO is an operation initiated on the primary VM which allows you to do an e2e validation of your recovery plan. PFO requires the VM to be shut...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: All Eyes on SteelEye with DataKeeper Support for Hyper-V

    Hi all, My name is Dave Bermingham and I’m the director of Windows product management for SteelEye Technology, a provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. I’d like to thank Microsoft’s Virtualization team for the opportunity to guest blog on SteelEye’s continued support for...
  • Blog Post: Answering Exchange Virtualization Questions and Addressing Misleading VMware Guidance

    I recommend anyone who is considering virtualizing MS Exchange read Jim Lucey's blog post and the comments below his post. VMware's HA guidance on virtualizing Exchange could be mis-interpreted, resulting in increased storage costs and placing data at risk. Here's an excerpt: We love that our customers...
  • Blog Post: Live Migration and Host Clustering available at no charge in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

    I’m Zane Adam, senior director of virtualization and System Center. It’s been a while since my last post , and wanted to update you on our standalone hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Last Fall we released Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a standalone hypervisor-based virtualization product...
  • Blog Post: For $50,000, I could pay someone to move my virtual machines for me

    The title of this post will make sense in a moment. It's a quote from a customer in Australia ... and pretty funny one, too. But before that, a few items crossed my inbox that I thought I'd share: Software vendor AspenTech has a process engineering/manufacturing application called aspenONE. Today...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: "Setting the Record Straight - 9 Reasons Why Hyper-V is a Great Choice for Enterprises"

    Hi, my name is Chris Steffen, architect with Kroll Factual Data. You may have read one of my prior guest posts . Recently, I came across an InformationWeek Analytics Weblog that asserted a bunch of half truths and misinformation about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution. Usually, I can...
  • Blog Post: Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica–Part III - Unplanned Failover

    In the first two parts of this 3-part series, you learnt about Test Failover (TFO) and Planned Failover (PFO). In this closing part of the series, I will talk about unplanned failover and summarize the differences of these 3. 1. What is Unplanned Failover? Unplanned Failover is an operation initiated...