Out-of-band Initial Replication (OOB IR) and Deduplication

A recent conversation with a customer brought out the question:   What is the best way to create an entire Replica site from scratch? At the surface this seems simple enough – configure initial replication to send the data over the network for the VMs one after another in sequence. For this specific customer however, there… Read more

Azure Site Recovery – case of the “network connection failure”

Luís Caldeira is one of our early adopters who had pinged us with an interesting error. Thanks for reaching out to us Luís and sharing the details of your setup. I am sure this article will come handy to folks who hit this error at some point. Some days back, Luís sent us a mail… Read more

Azure Site Recovery – FAQ

Quick post to clarify some frequently asked questions on the newly announced Azure Site Recovery service which enables you to protect your Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure. The FAQ will not address every feature capability – it should help you get started.Q1: Did you just change the name from Hyper-V Recovery Manager to Azure Site… Read more

Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

  Continuing from the previous blog – check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product. Love it??? Talk about it, try it and share your comments. Let’s retrace the journey – in Jan 2014, we announced the General Availability of Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM). HRM … Read more

Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 1

Drum roll please! We are super excited to announce the availability of the preview bits of Azure Site Recovery (ASR) which enables you to replicate Hyper-V VMs to Microsoft Azure for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes. You can now protect, replicate, and failover VMs directly to Microsoft Azure – our guarantee remains that whether… Read more

Application consistent recovery points with Windows Server 2008/2003 guest OS

I recently had a conversation with a customer around a very interesting problem, and the insights that were gained there are worth sharing. The issue was about VSS errors popping up in the guest event viewer while Hyper-V Replica reported the successful creation of application-consistent (VSS-based) recovery points. Deployment details The customer had the following… Read more

Upcoming Preview of 'Disaster Recovery to Azure' Functionality in Hyper-V Recovery Manager

In the coming weeks, we will Preview functionality within Hyper-V Recovery Manager to enable Microsoft Azure as a Disaster Recovery point for virtualized workloads. The new functionality will add support for secure and seamless management of failover and failback operations using Azure IaaS Virtual Machines, thereby enabling our customers to save precious CAPEX and ongoing… Read more

Replication Health Mailer

One of our Engineers, Sangeeth, has come up with a nifty PowerShell script which mails the replication health in a host or  in a cluster in a nice dashboard format. We thought it would be of help to our customers to get the status of the replicating VMs and their foot print on CPU and… Read more

Hyper-V Replica trouble-shooting wiki

We are happy to announce the availability of Hyper-V Replica trouble-shooting Wiki here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/21948.hyper-v-replica-troubleshooting-guide.aspx This guide contains links and resources to trouble-shoot some common Hyper-V Replica failure scenarios. We will be updating the guide over time! We would like this to be a community effort to make it social and you are free to add… Read more

Excluding virtual disks in Hyper-V Replica

Since its introduction in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Replica has provided a way for users to exclude specific virtual disks from being replicated. This option is rarely exercised but can have a significant benefits when used correctly. This blog post covers the disk exclusion scenarios and the impact this has on the various operations done… Read more