Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 includes some new capabilities. Today I want to walk through the setup of one of those capabilities called Hyper-V Replica. Hyper-V Replica provides a way to replicate a Virtual Machine to another Hyper-V server in case the primary Hyper-V hosts fails. The best part about Hyper-V replica is that it doesn’t require shared storage; just two 2012 Servers running Hyper-V. This video discusses replication from one Hyper-V Server to another Hyper-V server. You could of course also replicate from one 2012 Hyper-V Cluster (or stand alone 2012 Hyper-V Server) to a second 2012 Hyper-V Cluster (or stand alone 2012 Hyper-V Server) as well.
There is a great whitepaper written by Chuck Timon, one of our Senior Support Escalation Engineers. Chuck does a good job of walking through all of the details around Hyper-V Replica here.
From Chuck’s Whitepaper, there are four primary deployment scenarios he considers for Hyper-V Replica:
· Head Office and Branch Office (HO-BO)
· Enterprise Datacenter
· Hosting Provider Datacenter
· Customer Office and Hosting Provider Datacenter (Cross-Premise)
If you’re not up for the details of Chuck’s Whitepaper, there is a good TechNet article on Hyper-V Replica here.
This session is one part of a whole series of screen casts around Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, you can go this link to access the whole series.
Until next time,