Measuring Replication Health in a cluster

As part of running a mini-scale run in my lab, I had to frequently monitor the replication health and also note down the replication statistics. The statistics is available by by right clicking on the VM (in the Hyper-V Manager or Failover Cluster Manager) and choosing the Replication submenu and clicking on the View Replication… Read more

Using data deduplication with Hyper-V Replica for storage savings

Protection of data has always been a priority for customers, and disaster recovery allows the protection of data with better restore times and lower data loss at the time of failover. However, as with all protection strategies, additional storage is a cost that needs to be incurred. With storage usage growing exponentially, a strategy is… Read more

Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2

Continuing from my previous post Monitoring Hyper-V Replica using Systems Center Operations Manager, in this blog post I will walk through some of the things to be taken care of while using System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 for monitoring Windows Server 2012 R2 hosts. If you haven’t read previous blog, I request you go… Read more

Hyper-V Replica: Extend Replication

With Hyper-V Extend Replication feature in Windows Server 2012 R2, customers can have multiple copies of data to protect them from different outage scenarios. For example, as a customer I might choose to keep my second DR site in the same campus or a few miles away while I want to keep my third copy… Read more

Upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Replica

The TechNet article provides detailed guidance on migrating Hyper-V VMs from a Windows Server 2012 deployment to a Windows Server 2012 R2 deployment. calls out the various VM migration techniques which are available as part of upgrading your deployment. The section titled “Hyper-V Replica” calls out further guidance for deployments which have replicating… Read more

Online resize of virtual disks attached to replicating virtual machines

In Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V added the ability to resize the virtual disks attached to a running virtual machine without having to shutdown the virtual machine. In this blog post we will talk about how this feature works with Hyper-V Replica, the benefits of this capability, and how to make the most of it…. Read more

What’s new in Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 R2

18th October 2013 marked the General Availability of Windows Server 2012 R2. The teams have accomplished an amazing set of features in this short release cycle and Brad’s post @ captures the investments made across the board. We encourage you to update to the latest version and share your feedback. This post captures the… Read more

Replica Clusters behind a NAT

When a Hyper-V Replica Broker is configured in your DR site to accept replication traffic, Hyper-V along with Failover Clustering intelligently percolates these settings to all the nodes of the clusters. A network listener is started in each node of the cluster on the configured port.   While this seamless configuration works for a majority… Read more

Hyper-V Replica BPA Rules

A frequent question from our customers is on whether there are standard “best practices” when deploying Hyper-V Replica (or any Windows Server role for that matter). These questions come in many avatars – Does the Product Group have any configuration gotchas based on internal testing, is my server properly configured, should I change any replication… Read more

Replicating fixed disks to dynamic disks in Hyper-V Replica

A recent conversation with a hosting provider using Hyper-V Replica brought an interesting question to the fore. The hosting provider’s services were aimed primarily towards Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs), with one service being DR-as-a-Service. A lot of the virtual disks being replicated were fixed, had sizes greater than 1 TB, and were mostly empty… Read more