Hyper-V Replica: Basic Monitoring Report

Earlier I covered what my Hyper-V Replica setup looks like in this post.  It’s basically four laptops on my coffee table, all part of the same AD domain. I created a number of VMs on the systems, and configured replication, including extended replication for a couple of the VMs, as per the picture below: Like…

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Hyper-V Replica: The Value for Branch Deployments

OK, I’m going to ramble just a little bit here.  Before I dive deep into how I might monitor replication for a collection of Hyper-V hosts (this is without the benefits of System Center, which would be better, of course…just showing you how it works), I wanted to go over one of the awesome scenarios…

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Hyper-V Replica: My Setup

Hi everyone!  Before I get too deep into playing around with Hyper-V Replica using Windows Server 2012 R2, I wanted to share with you my setup. I’m using my coffee table once again (like I did with my USB 3.0 Tiered Storage SAN), and I’ve created a Hyper-V test infrastructure based on a stack of…

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Hyper-V Replica: Getting Started

I’m not going to walk through a basic setup of Hyper-V Replica – those are available all over the Internet. Many of these posts don’t remind you of some of the basics…like how to easily view / monitor replication.  Within Hyper-V Manager, you likely already see the “Status” of VMs – that column shows activity,…

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Hyper-V Replica: Better Than DR, it’s Disaster Avoidance and Way More!

Hyper-V Replica was introduced in with Windows Server 2012, and is one of those transformational features that completely alters how disaster recovery planning (mundane) and implementation (formerly REALLY expensive) should be handled. I like to think that one of the “target” scenarios for Hyper-V Replica was disaster avoidance – rather than simply disaster recovery (DR)…

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Tiered Storage: My Unscientific Performance Testing

Sorry for not posting anything about my tiered storage setup in a while. Since I posted about “Storage Rig” and the walk through of how to setup tiered storage, I found that the USB 3.0 sticks I had been using were VERY slow on writes, and not well suited for playing around with tiered storage….

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Tiered Storage: Second Step – Creating My Virtual Disk and Volume

In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do, I showed you my zany storage sub-system, and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage. In my last post, I showed how I created a Storage Pool.  Now I’ll walk though defining a virtual disk and…

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Tiered Storage: First Step – Creating My Storage Pool

In earlier posts I talked about why we purchase storage the way we do, I showed you my zany storage sub-system, and I talked about my goals for testing Storage Spaces with Tiered Storage. Now I would like to show you how I created my high-performance storage pool with the remaining, unallocated memory sticks and…

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Tiered Storage: My Goals for Testing

To bring you up to speed, I’ve loaded the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 and built an extremely low cost storage subsystem out using a USB hub, some memory sticks, and USB attached SATA drives detailed in earlier posts.  This is all in an effort to give you and me a look at the…

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Tiered Storage: My Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Rig

I wanted to give you some background on that high-performance, coffee-table-based storage sub-system I showed few posts back. My goal was to create a high-performance storage sub-system which I could use to experiment with Storage Space and the new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 R2, but do it on the cheep.  USB 3.0 supports extremely…

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