Bringing a physical operating environment into Hyper-V can be a challenging task. It is recommended that you use some application-level migration rather than trying to convert a physical operating system installation directly. However, some systems do survive the transition well. One tool that can be used in conversion operations is Sysinternal’s Disk2VHD. What is Disk2VHD? Disk2VHD is a software solution provided by Sysinternals. It reads the boot information, partition information, and data regions of a physical hard drive and produces a corresponding VHD or VHDX file. It is very important to understand that this is not a true physical-to-virtual conversion. The operating system is not prepared to run inside a virtual environment, nor is any cleanup work done on the source system to improve the odds of a successful migration. Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 Before using this Disk2VHD to attempt a P2V, you might try Microsoft’s Virtual Machine… Read More»
When designing any IT solution, many administrators often consider “Backup” to be little more than another box on a long list of items to check off. They verify that the software and hardware they’re using will handle the load, configure it to back up on a reasonable schedule, and forget about it. Some will take the extra step of restoring some data to an alternate location as a test. Hardly any go through the full exercise of simulating an actual catastrophe. Most of the time, this practice is completely harmless. Unfortunately, if disaster does strike, there are often more questions than answers. Planning ahead is critical, and that involves knowing what sort of backup you need and if your backup application can provide it. NOTE: This is the first blog post in a 2-series post. You can read the second post in this series here. Consistency Definitions To determine… Read More»
When Windows Server 2016 was released last year, one of the features that I myself, and much of the community were excited about was the new installation option called Nano Server. The way I’ve always described Nano Server is that it’s like Windows Server Core, but on steroids. It is a completely gutted, only-what-you-need installation option, and it’s an installation option that really talked to my Linux and open-source roots. I loved the idea of having only what was absolutely necessary installed on a server, not just because of the attack surface reduction, but because of the reduction in software to maintain on the system as well. I remember running Gentoo Linux on some systems simply because it was a “compile from source” type of distribution and I loved the idea of again, only installing the needed bits, and with Nano Server I felt like we had arrived at… Read More»
Having issues with virtual machines suffering hard shut downs during host shut down? Timeout periods could be causing the issue. This guide shows you how to solve that.
Backup Health Monitor is a new feature in Altaro VM Backup which ensures you always have healthy backups by proactively monitoring the health of your backup storage and repairing corrupt backups automatically.
This tutorial shows you how to get the best Hyper-V performance out of your Dell PowerEdge T20 hardware through tweaking a number of configurations from network settings to storage performance.
Learn how you can migrate from Hyper-V to VMware, what the differences are between hypervisors and get introduced to vSphere basics.
PowerShell Direct allows you to patch your Hyper-V VMs in two ways. Here’s exactly what you need to get the most out of automating this process.
Ran into issues after you added or replaced a Hyper-V Cluster Node? Here’s a checklist of items to run through to find out what could be causing trouble.