Migrate virtual machines from a VMware environment to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 using a free, simple, standalone tool

Windows Server 2012 is generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world. Additionally, there is great news for organizations that are looking for a way to migrate virtual machines hosted on VMware vSphere to the Hyper-V host in Windows Server 2012. The production (RTW) version of the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter… Read more

How to Use Resource Metering With PowerShell

Hey, it’s Lalithra again. In the last part, we talked about what resource metering is. Now, we’ll get into how to use it with PowerShell. A quick note: if this is your first foray into PowerShell, here are some resources you may find helpful to go through. First, a couple of posts from the Scripting… Read more

Introduction to Resource Metering

Hi, I’m Lalithra Fernando, a program manager on the Hyper-V team, working in various areas including clustering and authorization, as well as with our Hyper-V MVPs. In this post, I’ll be talking about resource metering, a new feature in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012. As you’ve probably heard by now, Windows Server 2012 is a… Read more

Hyper-V Replica Powershell Series: Creating Hyper-V Replica Broker

We have seen multiple queries on the steps required to create the Hyper-V Replica Broker using Powershell, a previous post describes the process but adding more details on the end to end workflow. To create a Hyper-V Replica Broker in a DHCP environment, use the following cmdlets: 1: #Specify the name for the Broker and… Read more

Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica–Part III – Unplanned Failover

In the first two parts of this 3-part series, you learnt about Test Failover (TFO) and Planned Failover (PFO). In this closing part of the series, I will talk about unplanned failover and summarize the differences of these 3. 1. What is Unplanned Failover? Unplanned Failover is an operation initiated on the replica VM when… Read more

Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica–Part II – Planned Failover

In the first part of this 3-part series, you learnt about Test Failover. In this part, I will talk about the Planned Failover (PFO). 1. What is Planned Failover? PFO is an operation initiated on the primary VM which allows you to do an e2e validation of your recovery plan. PFO requires the VM to… Read more

Types of failover operations in Hyper-V Replica – Part I – Test Failover

If you are wondering “I have enabled replication and it looks like everything is in progress, but how do I know that I am truly protected”, then keep reading the next few posts as we walk you through the various types of failover, how and when to use them and the gotchas in different deployments…. Read more

Hyper-V Replica Powershell Series: Don’t want Replica folder names as GUIDs!

When you enable replication on a virtual machine, the Replica virtual machine files are created under the location specified by you in the Replica server configuration on the Replica side. Under the specified location, the files are created under a folder structure that looks like: The folders are named using GUIDs. Why are GUIDs used… Read more

Hyper-V Replica–Certificate Based Authentication in Windows Server 2012

This post discusses a subtle change in the certificate workflow for Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate build and beyond. Note: The pre-requisites certificate based authentication remains unchanged (as seen in an earlier post “Hyper-V Replica – Prerequisites for certificate based deployments”) Only the workflow for picking the certificate has changed – all… Read more

Requesting Hyper-V Replica Certificates from an Enterprise CA

In an earlier post, we discussed the steps required to get a certificate from a Standalone CA or from a third party CA. For an Enterprise CA, the INF file needs to be modified and suitable templates need to be available to honor the certificate request. To make things interesting, the post is written for… Read more