Storage

How to Perform Hyper-V Storage Migration

11 Oct 2017 by Eric Siron2
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New servers? New SAN? Trying out hyper-convergence? Upgrading to Hyper-V 2016? Any number of conditions might prompt you to move your Hyper-V virtual machine's storage to another location. Let's look...

Why Expansion for Hyper-V’s Dynamic VHDX Doesn’t Matter

23 May 2017 by Eric Siron1
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Lots of people give lots of excuses for not using dynamically expanding virtual hard disks. Situationally, some of those excuses have merit. However, I have never seen any excuse with...

Hyper-V Differencing Disks Explained

07 Feb 2017 by Eric Siron0
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  Usually when we talk about Hyper-V's virtual disk types, we focus on fixed and dynamically expanding. There's another type that enjoys significantly less press: differencing disks. Administrators don't deal...

Disk Fragmentation is not Hyper-V’s Enemy

26 Jan 2017 by Eric Siron9
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Fragmentation is the most crippling problem in computing, wouldn't you agree? I mean, that's what the strange guy downtown paints on his walking billboard, so it must be true, right?...

Cannot Delete a Virtual Hard Disk from a Cluster Shared Volume

15 Nov 2016 by Eric Siron2
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When you use the built-in Hyper-V tools (Hyper-V Manager and PowerShell) to delete a virtual machine, all of its virtual hard disks are left behind. This is by design and...

Evaluating Hyper-V Backup Storage Solutions

20 Oct 2016 by Eric Siron0
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It's not difficult to find recommendations about what storage to use with your backup solution -- from the people that make backup storage solutions. I certainly can't begrudge a company...

Understanding and Working with VHD(X) Files

04 Aug 2016 by Eric Siron10
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A virtual machine is an abstract computer. It mimics a physical computer for the purpose of extending the flexibility of the computer system while still providing as many features of...

How To Copy or Backup a VHD File While the VM is Running

12 Jul 2016 by Eric Siron9
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I think that we can all agree that backup software exists for a reason. Well, lots of reasons. Very good reasons. So, if you ask me in the abstract how...

Hyper-V How To: Access the Properties of a Virtual Disk

17 Jun 2016 by Eric Siron0
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A virtual machine views its disks as normal mass storage devices. In reality, they're files. On the Hyper-V platform, the original format has an extension of VHD (for virtual hard...

Hyper-V How To: Create a Virtual Hard Disk

10 May 2016 by Eric Siron0
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Creating a new virtual hard disk is almost always included as a step during the creation of the virtual machine that owns it. It's certainly not the only time or...

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