Backup and Recovery of Non-Windows VMs on Hyper-V – IT JUST WORKS!

In the last few posts I showed you a simple (and low cost) manual method for back and recovery of virtual machines running on Hyper-V.  When I ran through the process in my lab, I purposely used two different types of virtual machines: one Windows VM with a VSS-aware OS and enabled integration services (Windows…

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DiskShadow / Xcopy RESTORE of Hyper-V

In my last post I showed you how to create a consistent backup of a Hyper-V host using the no additional cost Diskshadow command and an attached USB drive (in contrast to the costly VMware Consolidated Backup).  Now I want to show you how to restore the VMs that you backed up to a separate…

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DiskShadow / Xcopy BACKUP of Hyper-V

I mentioned in my last post the diskshadow command line tool that was introduced in Windows Server 2008.  Jose Barreto did a nice job over viewing the command in his blog, so I won’t cover the same ground.  I’m going to walk you through how I use diskshadow to create a consistent, restorable, consolidated backup…

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The Wonder of Volume Shadow Copy and Hyper-V

Microsoft introduced the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) as part of Windows Server 2003. VSS lets you coordinate necessary actions to create a consistent point-in-time copy (also known as a shadow copy or snapshot) of data for backup purposes.  It allows you to create manual or automatic backup snapshots of data and coordinates with properly…

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Best Part of Hyper-V Backup and Recovery Is Windows!

I speak with lots of customers about virtualization every week.  I’m always interested in how they manage their virtual environment, and often dig into their operational procedures and practices.  I find that organizations who adopted virtualization earlier have not taken full advantage of the technology.  Backup and recovery is a great example of this.  How…

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Exporting Hyper-V VMs Over the Network

I received a comment via e-mail that it can take 2-3 times as long to move a VM from one Hyper-V host to another host, when compared to VMware or Virtual Server.  I do not think that the person mentioning this was super familiar with Hyper-V export, but their comment did make a good point…

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