Replicate Azure Pack IaaS Workloads to Azure using ASR

A few months back, we announced Azure Site Recovery (ASR)’s integration with Azure Pack, which enabled our Service Providers to start offering Managed Disaster Recovery for IaaS Workloads using ASR and Azure Pack. The response, since we announced the integration, has been phenomenal – customers are appreciating the simplicity of ASR and are adopting ASR… Read more

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

Announcing the GA of Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery

I am excited to announce the GA of the Disaster Recovery to Azure using Azure Site Recovery. In addition to enabling replication to and recovery in Microsoft Azure, ASR enables automated protection of VMs, remote health monitoring, no-impact recovery plan testing, and single click orchestrated recovery – all backed by an enterprise-grade SLA. The DR to Azure… 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

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 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

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