Announcing GA of Disaster Recovery to Azure – Purpose-Built for Branch Offices and SMB

Today, we are excited to announce the GA for Branch Office and SMB Disaster Recovery to Azure.  Azure Site Recovery delivers a simpler, reliable & cost effective Disaster Recovery solution to Branch Office and SMB customers.  ASR with new Hyper-V Virtual Machine Protection from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Microsoft Azure can now be used… Read more

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

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

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

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

TechEd North America 2014

This year TechEd North America is happening between 12 May and 15 May, at Houston. There are some interesting sessions around Backup and Disaster Recovery – so I would highly encourage you all to attend these sessions and interact with the folks presenting. Sessions on May 12 Sessions on May 15   Looking forward to… Read more

Optimizing Hyper-V Replica HTTPS traffic using Riverbed SteelHead

Hyper-V Replica support both Kerberos based authentication and certificate based authentication – the former sends the replication traffic between the two servers/sites over HTTP while the latter sends it over HTTPS. Network is a precious commodity and any optimization delivered has a huge impact on the organization’s TCO and the Recovery Point Objective (RPO). Around… Read more

Backup of a Replica VM

This blog post covers the scenarios and motivations that drive the backup of a Replica VM, and product guidance to administrators. Why backup a Replica VM? Ever since the advent of Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012, customers have been interested in backing up the Replica VM. Traditionally, IT administrators have taken backups of the… Read more

Hosting Providers and HRM

If you are a hosting provider who is interested in offering DR as a service – you should go over this great post by Gaurav on how Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) helps you build this capability http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2014/02/18/disaster-recovery-as-a-service-by-hosting-service-providers-using-windows-azure-hyper-v-recovery-manager.aspx The post provides a high level overview of the capability and also a detailed FAQ on the common… Read more

Hyper-V Replica Certificate based authentication and Proxy servers

Continuing from where we left off, I have a small lab deployment which consists of a AD, DNS, Proxy server (Forefront TMG 2010 on WS 2008 R2 SP1), primary servers and replica servers. When the primary server is behind the proxy (forward proxy) and when I tried to enable replication using certificate based authentication, I… Read more