Understand industry-standard terminology around backup and how to apply it in a Hyper-V environment! Learn the language of virtualization backup.
Here’s why I don’t believe you should back up the management operating system environment itself. But do back up your virtual machines!
Ideally when backing up and copying a VHD from a running VM you use your backup software, but you can also export the VM or copy the file manually.
Eric compiled three hyper-V sample host builds to assist system administrators with storage, memory, cpu and network components of hyper-v hosts.
Part 2 of our series on how to setup and deploy an Altaro Offsite Server inside of Microsoft Azure to host your offsite backups.
This post will walk you through planning and pricing the components needed to provide a framework for hosting an Altaro Offsite Server in Microsoft Azure.
Setting up provisioning in a small business can be a challenge, to both set the correct provision, and not over or under provision, and to get the financial investment right. We have a set of points to help your SMB out, check it out here:
Hyper-V checkpoints are a double-edged technology. Used appropriately, they can be a quick and simple solution to any number of problems. Used inappropriately, they can cause an entire deployment to be brought to a catastrophic halt. To make it worse, many people are not entirely clear on just what a checkpoint truly is. This guide is meant to help you correctly Implement Hyper-V Checkpoints.
Last year, Nirmal Sharma wrote a fantastic article on this blog titled 23 Best Practices to improve Hyper-V and VM Performance. This sparked up a very lively discussion in the comments section; some were very strongly in favor of some items, some very strongly opposed to others. What I think was perhaps missed in some of these comments was that, as Nirmal stated in the title, his list was specifically “to improve Hyper-V and VM performance.” If squeezing every last drop of horsepower out of your Hyper-V host is your goal, then it’s pretty hard to find any serious flaws with his list.
Quite some time ago, we wrote a post about taking live backups in Hyper-V. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 really changed the mechanics of backup. This post examines how those changes have affected live, or hot, backups. Until 2012 R2, backup was strictly based on VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) operations. Backup applications trigger VSS in the host. For standard backup operations of the file system, VSS responds by flushing buffers and pausing I/O. It also notifies any applications that had registered with VSS that a backup was about to occur, granting those applications the ability to perform any additional preparations necessary. One such application is Hyper-V. Hyper-V in these earlier versions would simply use the Integration Services, specifically the backup service, to notify the guest’s VSS of an impending backup operation. It would perform the same operations as VSS in the host by preparing its own operating system and… Read More»
In the first part of this series, we looked at the myths that scare people away from virtualizing their domain controllers. In this installment, you’ll see some of the ways that domain controllers can be successfully virtualized.