Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a great addition to the Windows product set. Out of the box, it’s able to deploy Windows VMs, and with a couple of small tweaks, it’s possible to have WDS build Linux and VMware servers, all from a selectable Preboot eXecution Environment (PXE) boot menu. In order for it to deploy Windows and Linux systems it requires some changes which we'll explore in this article.
I have been asked a lot about how to configure time in your domain when all the Domain Controllers (DCs) are virtual and running on Microsoft Hyper-V. People will say just stick to a physical DC. However, sometimes this is not an option. In this article, I am going to walk you through the best way to set up time synchronization.
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.
When Windows Server 2016 was released, Microsoft brought us a new feature I personally have been waiting for since I first started with Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2. That feature is Virtual Machine Start Ordering. Virtual Machine Start Ordering enables us to make dependencies between VMs or Groups of VMs to make sure that they start in the correct order.
In the past, we had to deal with remote server administration through cumbersome Microsoft Management Console (MMC) based tools, Server Manager, PowerShell remoting, along with various other methods. This has been a real pain point for Windows and especially Hyper-V Administrators. Over the years, VMware has been long ahead of the game with HTML management capabilities of their hypervisor. Until now… I would like to introduce Microsoft’s brand-new Project Honolulu and HTML tool to replace Server Manager.
In today’s post, we are going to look at features for Hyper-V disaster recovery.
Let’s have a look at some basics of Hyper-V Storage management about the management of Hyper-V .BIN files and their impact on your environment.
Hey Veeam fans! Welcome to my blog post series on Hyper-V Management. Today we will look at Hyper-V administration best practices. Now, whenever I am talking with customers and attendees at conferences, best practices are always some of the most popular topics. So, in this blog post I will give you three of my favorite best practices for Hyper-V administration.
Microsoft pushes Failover Cluster’s abilities every year. Its latest additions with Windows Server 2016 are quite extensive and very exciting! I will take you through these cool new features in this blog post and show you how they will improve your cluster’s functionality.
In this blog post, we're going to talk about a new feature Microsoft has brought to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 called VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) Sets and how to configure them.
In this post, I am going to explain Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) and describe how to configure it using PowerShell on Windows Server 2016.
In the previous article, Mike went over the most exciting new features of Hyper-V 2016 TP4 at the time. However, since its Technical Preview stages it went through some changes and not every feature made it to the GA in its initial form or intended way. Windows Server 2016 has been fully available since the end of 2016 and there were some features left out in the article that are still interesting and quite important.
Previously, we’ve set up a Windows Server 2016 in Core mode with Hyper-V role and prepared it to host VMs. On this blog post, we will discuss the Veeam Backup & Replication deployment and configuration process. After preparing the Hyper-V server running on a Windows Server 2016, Veeam Backup & Replication can be deployed on either virtual or physical machines that will be up to these specifications.
We continue our Windows Server 2016 series with step-by-step guide on Hyper-V deployment and management.
In the next several articles we will take you through the steps of deploying a Microsoft Windows Server 2016, configuring it, enabling a Hyper-V role and protecting your data with Veeam Backup & Replication software. Windows Server 2016 comes in Standard and Datacenter editions and offers several types of installation for both editions: Desktop Experience (full GUI mode), Core (no GUI) and Nano Server. We will go through the installation and configuration of Windows Server 2016 with a Core type deployment, the initial setup and preparing it for the Hyper-V role.
Along with the new functionality of Windows Server 2016, another essential element of any domain administrator — Active Directory — has been updated with some very important and great features. One of the updates that aims to improve the environment’s protection against external and internal threats to accounts is called privileged access management (PAM). This functionality is based on the idea of Just Enough Administration (JEA), which is a security technology that allows the delegation of administration rights with the help of PowerShell.
From time to time, we need to test something in our infrastructure. Production is not good idea for this, so we build a test environment. Sometimes, such tests may require changes in the hypervisor, which we want to avoid in the production. In such cases, we can work on dedicated test hardware or we can virtualize. Virtualization nesting can be helpful for development, getting familiar with new technologies, new product versions or learning purposes where we can easily simulate our production environment. In this article, we'll explore how to build the test environment on different platforms with help of nested virtualization.
Windows Server 2016 has been generally available since late 2016. Here at Veeam, we’ve built in integration with several of the key Windows Server 2016 features in our latest release of Veeam Availability Suite 9.5. In this featured blog post, I will discuss a new feature within Hyper-V called Production Checkpoints, and tell you how it will impact your Veeam Backup & Replication jobs.
It’s no secret that data management is an important part of a system administrator’s agenda. We are constantly looking to implement technologies and services that allow us to manage information flow better and let us store data efficiently without eating up our budget. There are many ways to achieve that but today I wanted to talk about one special example — Data Deduplication technology.
Server uptime defines high Availability, there’s no denial of that. To ensure that all the critical services are available for customers, you need to provide a near-continuous uptime of your infrastructure. Inability to do so will result in a downtime that will cost you real money. But that’s not the only application of an uptime measurement. Read on to learn how you can create server uptime reports that will help you to improve your infrastructure.
There are many changes that can be brought from ReFS (Resilient File System). It is a storage technology introduced in Windows Server 2012 (with new features and improvements ever since) and this blog is the gateway to the opportunity to do Hyper-V the right way with Windows Server 2016 today. Read on!
In previous parts of this Nano Server deployment series, we learned how to create, deploy and configure Nano Server as a Hyper-V host. In this part, we will look for a clustering option. We will create a Hyper-V cluster of 3 Nano Server host nodes with Storage Spaces Direct on it.
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.
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.
Windows Server 2016 comes with many brand-new features and options. One of the new deployment options 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 it has no Graphical User Interface (GUI) and no built-in management tools, it’s the only recovery console where you can change network settings, firewall rules, and reset WinRM. Learn about Nano Server Deployment starting with the creation of a new nano server image in the part 1 of the Deployment series!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this post, let’s focus on the free Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 and its installation.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 a physical computer to a Hyper-V virtual machine (P2V) using Disk2VHD converter. Follow this step-by-step Hyper-V P2V convert guide.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Read these helpful tips on Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing and installation from Maria Levkina, co-author of the popular show "Introduction to Virtualization".
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Microsoft made Windows Server 2012 R2 “generally available” in October, 2013. Today, Windows Server 2012 R2 is offered in four editions:
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.
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.
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?
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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