Hyper-V Blog

Technical articles for beginners and experts with focus on Hyper-V

Plain OS installation – How to Deploy Windows Server 2016 (Part 1)

May 2, 2016 by Clint Wyckoff

Throughout the course of this blog series, I will focus on helping you get Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V 2016 up and running in an environment as quickly as possible. This first post discusses obtaining the installation media and performing a bare-metal, plain operating system installation. Next, I will graduate up to more complex activities such as how to leverage zero downtime and the rolling cluster installation option. The goal of this multi-part blog series is to arm you with the necessary tools and knowledge to take full advantage of Windows Server 2016 when the GA occurs.

How to setup Hyper-V host in Nano Server – Part 3 of Deployment series

January 17, 2017 by Mariusz Rybusinski

Previously, on our Nano Server Deployment series, we've created a new nano server image and deployed it on a physical server. Now we will go through the configuration process via PowerShell.

How to deploy Nano on Physical – Part 2 of Deployment Series

January 10, 2017 by Mariusz Rybusinski

In the part 1 of the Nano Server Deployment series we've created a new nano server image and now we'll learn how to deploy it on a physical server.

Nano Server Creation – Part 1 of Deployment series

December 20, 2016 by Mariusz Rybusinski

Windows Server 2016 comes with many brand-new features and options. One of new deployment option is Nano Server, a new headless installation option for Windows Server 2016. Nano Server is a highly-minimized installation that is 20-25x smaller than traditional Windows which only includes the required bits for the running OS. A unique component of Nano server is the fact that has no Graphical User Interface (GUI) and no built-in management tools, only recovery console where you can change some network settings, firewall rules and WinRM can be reset. Learn about Nano Server Deployment starting with the creation of a new nano server image in the part 1 of the Deployment series!

Hyper-V thin provisioning at Virtual and Physical Layers

December 8, 2016 by Cristian-Antonio Puricica

Thin provisioning is the process of making a host think it has more available storage capacity than it actually has by allocating the needed disk space on demand. This mechanism uses storage space more efficiently and helps prevent against the wasting of resources on reservations that could never be used. Let's explore the details of this feature and how it operates on the virtual and physical levels!

How to create a Hyper-V VM template

October 21, 2016 by Andrew Zhelezko

Have you ever gotten tired of doing the same routine operations over and over again? What about that one where you create a new Virtual Machine (VM), install the guest Operating System (OS), enable the necessary features, apply updates and then install the typical set of software? Well, there’s a remedy for this problem and you’ll only need to do everything once! The process includes preparing a base reference VM which can be used later as new applications and services are requested. This reference VM is called a VM template and it can help you in many ways. In this article, we'll take a look at how this can be done!

Hyper-V initial configuration

September 15, 2016 by Andrew Zhelezko

This blogpost is a continuation of my series for those who have already started their Hyper-V journey and discovered the great benefits that Hyper-V technology brings to companies and system admin. I will now describe the first steps of Hyper-V deployment, the initial configuration and how to launch your first virtual machine (VM) there.

How to get benefits with Hyper-V virtualization

September 8, 2016 by Mariusz Rybusinski

According to the latest Gartner report regarding x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, about 80% of server workloads are virtualized, and Hyper-V platform is among the leaders in the area of virtualization. Have you ever wondered why server virtualization became so popular? Today, I will share a few advantages because of which companies should really consider Hyper-V virtualization in order to not be in the 20% of non-virtualized (legacy) organizations.

Hyper-V VM generations & versioning explained

August 31, 2016 by Andrew Zhelezko

As I’ve recently noticed some confusion around the difference between the terms Hyper-V VM versions and Hyper-V VM generations, I like to clarify a few things and then talk a bit more about each.

What’s Windows 10 bringing to the Enterprise?

May 24, 2016 by Cristian-Antonio Puricica

Many things have changed in the way we use technology since Windows 7 was released. The key trigger for these changes is the end-users — an office worker, an IT admin, the mobile workforce or someone from management who needs to always be connected, from anywhere with any kind of device. Windows 10 was built around the end-user's needs and it offers more personal interactions on a variety of devices — PCs, smartphones, tablets or even Xbox One. Windows 10 Enterprise brings more to device management and security through the new features and enables organizations to have better control of their mobile and interconnected workforce.

Microsoft Nano Server updates and new functionality in TP5

May 23, 2016 by Mike Resseler

We wrote about this new technology from Microsoft, and why it is important that you look, investigate and play with it, a few months ago. Today, I want to quickly look at some of the important changes for Nano Server that came with TP5.

Completing the Rolling Cluster Upgrade – How to Deploy Windows Server 2016 (Part 3)

May 16, 2016 by Clint Wyckoff

This blog post will wrap up the series and focus on completing the Rolling Cluster OS Upgrade process from the previous post by adding in the necessary details required to upgrade the cluster Functional Level and upgrade the VM Hardware Version.

Rolling Cluster Upgrades – How to Deploy Windows Server 2016 (Part 2)

May 9, 2016 by Clint Wyckoff

This Part 2 blog post explains the exact steps you’ll need to take to get your Hyper-V Cluster updated. Keep in mind that within Technical Preview 5, both Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Server Clusters are able to perform Cluster OS Rolling Upgrades.

Microsoft Windows Nano Server, the future of Windows Server?

March 2, 2016 by Mike Resseler

Nano Server is a new, headless, 64-bit only, deployment option for Windows Server 2016 that’s been specifically created with some key scenarios in mind...

Hyper-V performance analysis with Veeam ONE

February 18, 2016 by Nikita Shestakov

Many times, customers feel like their infrastructures are slow, and they don’t know where to start troubleshooting. In this post, we’ll discuss the key Microsoft Hyper-V performance metrics and how Veeam can help determine and solve the problems with advanced monitoring and reporting capabilities Veeam ONE.

Managing VM RAM better with Hyper-V dynamic memory

January 19, 2016 by Andrew Zhelezko

When it comes down to Hyper-V resource management, you’d better be sure about utilization in your own environment. There is some specific monitoring software, allowing you to get an overview of system consumption but, on the other hand, built-in Hyper-V features, that let you care about the future right at the configuration stage. Hyper-V dynamic memory is one of these technologies, and inside is a short guide how you can manage your Hyper-V VMs better with it.

12 things you should know about Hyper-V snapshots

January 12, 2016 by Andrew Zhelezko

Snapshotting technology is one of virtualization’s key features. No matter if you’re already a virtualization pro or if you’re just now learning about it, you should get Hyper-V snapshots on your side. Today, I’m going to provide you with the 12 things you should know about Hyper-V snapshots. Keep reading.

Install and Configure Hyper-V Tools for Remote Administration

December 24, 2015 by Andrew Zhelezko

Being a Microsoft Hyper-V administrator who has to manage many servers on a regular basis is not as difficult as you might think. Okay, sometimes you have to be present in a server room and perform physical operations like dealing with a broken HDD or power outage, but when it comes to remote Hyper-V server management, you can do things with no physical presence. And I’m not just talking about RDP connection.

What’s new in Hyper-V 2016

November 26, 2015 by Mike Resseler

By now, you’ve probably already heard, seen or even played with one of the technical Windows Server 2016 previews. If not, I urge you to do so now. Hyper-V 2016 will bring lots of enhancements and new functionality that will improve your data center and solve some of the limitations you might be experiencing.

Best Practices for Hyper-V High Availability

November 10, 2015 by Symon Perriman

This is a new blog post by Symon Perriman, well-known expert covering virtualization (Hyper-V), infrastructure (Windows Server), management (System Center) and cloud (Microsoft Azure) who has trained millions of IT professionals, holds several patents and dozens of industry certifications. In this post Symon introduces his new technical whitepaper about best practices for Hyper-V High Availability with Failover Clustering, including such topics as how failover clustering works; how to configure a cluster, shared storage and networks; new tricks to improve VM resiliency, security, replication reliability and back up success, and much more.

How to test a SharePoint upgrade with Veeam

November 2, 2015 by Polina Vasileva

While we’re preparing for the upcoming Veeam Availability Suite v9 release and promoting new features, there’s still a lot you can do with version 8. Veeam isn’t just backup and restore! Take a look at how it can fit and assist while you’re preparing to upgrade virtualized SharePoint 2010 to 2013.

Using Veeam PowerShell Snap-in for Hyper-V backup

October 29, 2015 by Andrew Zhelezko

This is the second part of article by Andrew Zhelezko about “Getting started with Microsoft PowerShell and PowerShell cmdlets” which contains practical examples of using PowerShell scripts with Veeam snap-in for Veeam Backup Free Edition to perform simple and more advanced operations of Microsoft Hyper-V VM backup and restore. You will learn more details about what is Veeam Backup PowerShell snap-in, how to start with it and more!

How to use PowerShell and PowerShell cmdlets

October 29, 2015 by Andrew Zhelezko

This is a new two-part blog post by Andrew Zhelezko who is a Veeam Technical Marketing Specialist who gained a strong understanding of Veeam products by working initially in Veeam technical support. In first part of article he is going to talk about PowerShell in general (what is PowerShell, its infrastructure and key features), when you should consider using it for Hyper-V backup and how to get acquainted with PowerShell basics, PowerShell cmdlets and syntax.

Resource Metering in Hyper-V

October 5, 2015 by Andrew Zhelezko

“Resource Metering” is a brand new feature in Hyper-V 3.0, included with Windows Server 2012. It allows Hyper-V administrators to track CPU usage, RAM and the network utilization of VMs working on a host. Since more companies are providing users with an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) plans, Hyper-V’s resource metering may be helpful for analyzing VM impact on a system and for calculating chargebacks to VM’s end-users accordingly. Today, I’m going to talk about practical examples of resource metering and how it can provide you with better visibility into Hyper-V resources.

Mike & Maria’s Show: Top 5 materials about Microsoft Hyper-V

July 27, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Thousands of books, magazines, articles and other documents about Microsoft Hyper-V are available in bookstores and on the Internet. Watch this short 1-minute video and find out the top five materials about Windows Server and Hyper-V virtualization that Veeam® employees and former Hyper-V beginners find useful.

Mike & Maria’s Show: Top 5 most important features of Microsoft Hyper-V

July 20, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Recent versions of Windows Server with Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server include a many new features and improvements. For daily use, you don’t need to know about all of them, but there are some you need to be familiar with. Watch this 4-minute video with Mike Resseler, a 5-time MVP, and learn about top five most important features of Microsoft Hyper-V.

Mike & Maria’s Show: Windows Server with Hyper-V system requirements

July 14, 2015 by Mike Resseler

You have already decided to virtualize your environment with Hyper-V and chose the platform (Standard or Datacenter Edition of Windows Server with Hyper-V or Microsoft Hyper-V Server.) Watch this short video to learn more about system requirements and prepare for the installation process.

How to configure Hyper-V Virtual Switch

July 10, 2015 by Andrew Zhelezko

The physical (and mental!) process of migrating from legacy to virtual can be sometimes be a difficult job for admin because the virtual sphere terms and features are sometimes different from what was learned earlier. For those of you who are learning about the many aspects of virtualization and Hyper-V, we will continue to publish helpful posts that explain various Hyper-V features. Today, I want to tell you about Hyper-V Virtual Switch (vSwitch) in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Mike & Maria’s Show: How to get started with Hyper-V

July 10, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Hyper-V virtualization is available in several Microsoft solutions. This 1-minute video covers two of them: a paid solution called Windows Server with Hyper-V and a completely free solution called Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Watch this short video to learn more about the differences between these two products as well as how to choose the proper Windows Server edition if you decide to utilize this platform.

How to Install Hyper-V Core: Step by step guide

May 28, 2015 by Rick Vanover

In this post, let’s focus on the free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and its installation.

How to become a Microsoft Certified Expert, Part 3

April 14, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Get more support on your way to becoming a Microsoft Certified Expert! Mike Reseller suggests additional on-demand video training resources like CBT Nuggets and Pluralsight when preparing for Microsoft exams. He also gives you recommendations on getting real-life experience and building your own lab.

Getting MCSE certification How to become a Microsoft Certified Expert, Part 2

April 7, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Mike Reseller discusses the steps you need to take when preparing for the MCSE certification (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert). He gives a detailed review on all of the available training materials offered by Microsoft and even more you can obtain from other sources including books, videos and communities.

How to become a Microsoft Certified Expert, Part 1

March 31, 2015 by Mike Resseler

Does your company require you become a Microsoft Certified Expert to support its partner status? Today, passing Microsoft’s exams is not as easy as it used to be. The tests have become more interesting and more complicated at the same time. Mike Reseller shares his experience and explains how to choose the certification and identify the exams you need.

The anatomy of a Hyper-V 2012 R2 VM: A breakdown of the key files

March 5, 2015 by Rick Vanover

When most of us deploy a Hyper-V VM, we give thought to the location of the virtual disk file as it can make a big difference to the storage situation of a host. But did you know that Hyper-V VMs have a lot more than just the virtual disk file?

Hyper-V Storage: Check the Best Practices Analyzer

February 20, 2015 by Rick Vanover

When it comes to virtualizing with Hyper-V, at some point you will come across a new learning opportunity in regards to provisioning the storage associated with the VMs. Hyper-V has a lot of ways to run a VM from a storage perspective (and there may be more!)

How to convert physical machines to virtual – Disk2VHD

November 20, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

How to convert a physical computer to a Hyper-V virtual machine (P2V) using Disk2VHD converter. Follow this step-by-step Hyper-V P2V convert guide.

Understanding the Free Hyper‑V Landscape — Versions and Virtualization Rights

November 20, 2014 by Chris Henley

We all know that Hyper-V comes as a free addition to Windows Server 2012 R2. There is a Standard and Data Center Edition of Windows Server 2012 R2. There is also a free version of Hyper-V called Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 that doesn’t require that you purchase a Windows Server 2012 R2 license? Finally we need to get a clear understanding of the concept of virtualization rights that come with Windows Server 2012 R2.

How to get Hyper-V certification — Path to becoming an expert

November 13, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

See the list of resources and materials which can help you get your Hyper-V certification and pass Microsoft exam on the fly. Become a certified expert!

An introduction to virtualization — From the IBM hypervisor to Hyper-V

October 3, 2014 by Chris Henley

Hyper-V is an enterprise class type 1 hypervisor built on a microkernelized architecture with built-in support for implementations in both private and public clouds. You hurt your what? In order to really understand the details of what Hyper-V is and why it’s so important you have to go back to its roots and to the roots of virtualization itself.

Top 10 underestimated features of Windows Server 2012 by Mike Resseler

September 29, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

Mike Resseler, MVP and Veeam Product Strategy Specialist, discusses the capacity of Windows Server 2012 features and concludes from his personal experience that many admin don’t realize how much power they have in their hands

Setting up Hyper-V Failover Cluster in Windows Server 2012 R2

September 10, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

Virtualization is famous not just because of easier management of backup and restore procedures compared to those for physical systems. It has other advantages and one of them is definitely high availability (HA) of VMs. The term means that VM should be available regardless of the availability that the physical host it is running at. There are some specific methods for ensuring HA of the VM. Specifically, I’d like to talk today about failover clustering, which is Microsoft’s native feature for Windows Server with a Hyper-V role and MS Windows’ Hyper-V Server.

Windows Server 2012 R2: Installing the Hyper-V role

September 1, 2014 by Mike Resseler

Watch this video where Mike Resseler and Maria Levkina lead you through hands-on technical demos for enabling the Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Top 5 most interesting materials about Hyper-V

August 28, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

There are tons of Hyper-V materials and links available for our use every day. In this post I’ve picked out the five best links, which are all must-haves for IT Pros who wants to better understand Hyper-V technology.

Hyper-V replica in Windows Server – 5 things to know

August 12, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

Hyper-V replica was introduced in Windows Server 2012 as a new feature for Hyper-V environments. It has great potential and is very helpful in virtualized systems. If you are looking for an introduction to Hyper-V replica and want to learn more details, keep reading. I’m going to present the 5 most important things to know about Hyper-V replica.

How to perform live migration of a Hyper-V machine

August 8, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

It turns out the answer for that question is not as easy as you may think. It absolutely depends on the Hyper-V environment you have. Shared storage, failover cluster, Windows Server version number — everything should be taken into consideration. The combination of those factors can be tricky, but it’s essential and the only way to find out the truth. Let’s have a quick look at some options.

Announcing: Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V

August 4, 2014 by Mike Resseler

An announcement of a free tool for Hyper-V. Learn about free, portable, standalone Veeam Task Manager for Hyper-V and how you can use it on a daily basis.

Licensing and installation of Windows Server 2012 R2

July 28, 2014 by Maria Levkina

Read these helpful tips on Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing and installation from Maria Levkina, co-author of the popular show "Introduction to Virtualization".

Veeam Backup & Replication v7 for Hyper-V components architecture poster

July 15, 2014 by Mike Resseler

Mike Resseler, Microsoft MVP and Hyper-V expert, has shared a great components architecture poster about Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V. This poster shows the main Veeam components and features for Hyper-V systems such as Veeam Backup Server, Backup Proxies, Backup Repositories and WAN Accelerator to give you a deeper understanding of how they all work.

Windows Server 2012 R2: Licensing and installation

July 1, 2014 by Mike Resseler

Watch this video where Mike and Maria represent a small company with a tiny budget that decided to virtualize its physical workloads and chose Hyper-V.

What is Hyper-V technology?

April 30, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

Virtualization technologies have become a part of our life. Surprisingly, not many people are familiar with them. In this article, I’m going to give a detailed explanation on what virtualization is. I will take a look at Microsoft Hyper-V technology and examine it by performing the initial steps of configuration: Installation and virtual machine deployment.

Veeam Backup & Replication with Hyper-V: Five configuration tips

April 15, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

I have five performance tips to help you make sure you’ve done everything right to optimally configure Veeam® Backup & Replication™ with Microsoft Hyper-V so they work better together!

How to protect Hyper-V virtual machines: Backup and replication better together

March 26, 2014 by Andrew Zhelezko

In this article, I am going to discuss what is Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and virtual machine (VM) snapshot, and how they can make Hyper-V data protection more reliable. However it’s not recommended to use snapshots as a primary data protection method, and I am going to briefly explain why and for what purposes snapshots were initially designed. I will also define what’s backup in relation to snapshot, what is replica, and why it’s efficient to use them in combination.

Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing in relation to Veeam Backup & Replication for Hyper-V

March 26, 2014 by Maria Levkina

Microsoft made Windows Server 2012 R2 “generally available” in October, 2013. Today, Windows Server 2012 R2 is offered in four editions:

Backup Hyper-V virtual machines for free

February 13, 2014 by Maria Levkina

Some of the best things in an admin’s life are indeed free, especially when it comes to backup and virtualization. Beyond star data-protection solutions and other must-have programs, there are quite a few free, yet no-less-powerful, backup tools out there.

New features in Windows Server 2012 R2

November 11, 2013 by Mike Resseler

Windows Server 2012 has been released at 4 September 2012. This version has brought a whole new Operating System with many new features, enhancements and more. In fact, the changes are so large that many IT Pros are still struggling with learning all those new items within Windows Server.

What do you backup up on Hyper-V hosts?

April 10, 2013 by Rick Vanover

There is one thing that we all can agree on: you can never stop identifying things that may fail. This was the case in a recent Veeam Community Podcast episode. There, I spoke with Simone Bennett about what to backup within the Hyper-V infrastructure. That’s right, the Hyper-V infrastructure. The guest VMs are not the problem. So, applications, data, files within the VMs are the easy part. But what about the cluster infrastructure itself, what needs backing up and how do you do it?

Installing Hyper-V: Which way is best

November 28, 2012 by Rick Vanover

The Hyper-V component exists in three ways, and in fact this very situation was discussed at length with Hyper-V MVP Aidan Finn on a recent episode of the Veeam Community Podcast. The important thing to note is that Hyper-V can exist in three principle ways, described...

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