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…


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…


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…


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,…


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)…


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….