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  • Blog Post: Hosting Providers and HRM

    If you are a hosting provider who is interested in offering DR as a service – you should go over this great post by Gaurav on how Hyper-V Recovery Manager ( HRM ) helps you build this capability http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2014/02/18/disaster-recovery-as-a-service-by-hosting-service-providers...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Replica

    The TechNet article http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn486799.aspx provides detailed guidance on migrating Hyper-V VMs from a Windows Server 2012 deployment to a Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn486792.aspx calls out the various VM migration...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica debugging: Why are very large log files generated?

    Quite a few customers have reached out to us with this question, and you can even see a few posts around this on the TechNet Forums . The query comes in various forms: “My log file size was in the MBs and sometime at night it went into the GBs – what happened?” “I have huge amounts of data to sync across...
  • Blog Post: Update: Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica

    In May 2013, we released the first version of the Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica on Windows Server 2012. It allowed administrators to plan their Hyper-V Replica deployments based on the workload, storage, network, and server characteristics. While it is always possible to monitor every single perfmon...
  • Blog Post: GA of Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM)

    We are excited to announce the General Availability of Hyper-V Recovery Manager or HRM for short. HRM is an Azure hosted service which orchestrates the protection and recovery of virtual machines in your datacenter. Hyper-V Replica replicates your virtual machines from your primary datacenter to your...
  • Blog Post: Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica – Part I – Test Failover

    If you are wondering “ I have enabled replication and it looks like everything is in progress, but how do I know that I am truly protected ”, then keep reading the next few posts as we walk you through the various types of failover, how and when to use them and the gotchas in different deployments. At...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Replica - Name Resolution of Internationalized Server/Domain names

    In a mixed language environment where the server name or domain name contains international characters, you might encounter an error at the time of enabling replication. The event viewer messages will tell you that “Hyper-V failed to enable replication for virtual machine” and “The server name or address...
  • Blog Post: Replicating fixed disks to dynamic disks in Hyper-V Replica

    A recent conversation with a hosting provider using Hyper-V Replica brought an interesting question to the fore. The hosting provider’s services were aimed primarily towards Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), with one service being DR-as-a-Service. A lot of the virtual disks being replicated were fixed...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Hyper-V Replica using System Center Operations Manager

    Customers asked us if they can have a monitoring mechanism for Hyper-v Replica in a rainy day scenario. With System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, customers can now monitor Hyper-V Replica using a Management Pack available for free from the catalogue of SCOM. This blog post will deal with adding...
  • 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: Introduction to Resource Metering

    Hi, I’m Lalithra Fernando, a program manager on the Hyper-V team, working in various areas including clustering and authorization, as well as with our Hyper-V MVPs. In this post, I’ll be talking about resource metering, a new feature in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. As you’ve probably...
  • Blog Post: Save network bandwidth by using Out-of-Band Initial Replication method in Hyper-V Replica

    In our recent conversation with customers about Hyper-V Replica, the questions that came up from a few customers was – Is there a way to perform the Initial Replication (IR) for VMs without stressing our organizations internet bandwidth? Initial replication of our VMs take weeks to complete...
  • Blog Post: XenDesktop 7 Supports Windows Server 2012

    We are excited to see the release of XenDesktop 7 and support our partner Citrix. XenDesktop 7 brings together both XenApp and XenDesktop functionality into a common release and now brings support for Windows Server 2012. XenDesktop can easily be deployed on Hyper-V and take full advantage of Windows...
  • 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: How to Use Resource Metering With PowerShell

    Hey, it's Lalithra again. In the last part , we talked about what resource metering is. Now, we’ll get into how to use it with PowerShell. A quick note: if this is your first foray into PowerShell, here are some resources you may find helpful to go through. First, a couple of posts from the...
  • Blog Post: Using an existing VM for initial replication in Hyper-V Replica

    Hyper-V Replica provides three methods to do initial replication: Send data over the network (Online IR) Send data using external media (OOB IR) Use an existing virtual machine as the initial copy Each option for initial replication has a specific scenario for which it excels. In this...
  • Blog Post: Using SMB shares with Hyper-V Replica

    SMB is getting a lot of attention with Windows Server 2012, and we’ve had questions from a few customers regarding the inter-play between SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica. In this post we’ll share our experience around setting up and using various configurations involving SMB shares and Hyper-V Replica...
  • Blog Post: Resynchronization of virtual machines in Hyper-V Replica

    What is resynchronization and why is it needed? Hyper-V Replica provides protection to VMs by tracking and replicating changes to the virtual hard disks (VHDs) of the VM. Hyper-V Replica runs 24 hours, 365 days in a year; for any VM that has been enabled for replication it ensures that the data on the...