Should I use Hyper-V Server 2012 Core or full Windows Server 2012?

If you are in the process of setting up your virtual environment and you are inclined to implement Hyper-V, you should consider using the Hyper-V Server 2012 Core platform that Microsoft offers for free. It may be a bit overwhelming at first, as there is no graphical interface to assist …

How to replicate Hyper-V VMs to the Microsoft Azure cloud

Disaster recovery planning and testing should be important in any business, but budget, resource and co-location availability are often non-existent. Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced Hyper-V Recovery Manager (HRM) which uses Azure services to orchestrate disaster recovery of Hyper-V Replicas to private or hosted clouds, but this summer, they announced …

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Server 2012 R2 – Part 4

This is part 4 in the series of posts on Hyper-V Replicas where we will review new features and improvements added to Hyper-V Replicas in Server 2012 R2. Here are links to part 1,  part 2, part 3 of this series. The ability to replicate VMs was originally added in Server …

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Server 2012 R2 – Part 3

This is part 3 in the series of posts on Hyper-V Replicas where we will learn a few PowerShell cmdlets to use in managing your Replica environment. Here are links to part 1 and part 2.
Using PowerShell cmdlets is particularly useful if you are implementing the free Hyper-V Server 2012 …

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Server 2012 R2 – Part 2

This is part 2 in the series of posts on Hyper-V Replicas where we will explore how and when you should consider implementing them. Part 1 can be found here.
The first and most obvious reason to implement Hyper-V Replicas is for disaster recovery. You likely have key VMs which you …

How to use Hyper-V Replicas in Server 2012 R2 – Part 1

If you are running Hyper-V and you are concerned about the availability of your virtual environment, you may consider using Hyper-V Replicas. In this four-part post I will discuss using and configuring the Hyper-V Replica feature. Specifically:
1. Planning your environment for Replicas and best practices
2. How and when to use …

How to monitor the health of Hyper-V

There are any number of tools, interfaces and scripts available to monitor the health of your Hyper-V environment. I like to use the resource and performance monitors which are available via the Server Manager > Tools menus, and I also use the Hyper-V Manager summary screens for quick “at-a-glance” information. …

How to use PowerShell to assign RAM in Hyper-V

With the introduction of Server 2012, Microsoft added 164 PowerShell cmdlets directly pertaining to managing your Hyper-V environment. While you can certainly manage your VMs using the Hyper-V Manager GUI, you can typically find scripts and methods in PowerShell which will save you time and allow you to easily perform …

How to assign vCPUs for Hyper-V (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this post we discussed planning for vCPU resource assignment for Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V VMs. Now let’s take a look at ways in which you can perform the assignment of vCPUs to your virtual machines.
The Hyper-V Manger application can be launched in Server 2012 via the …

How to assign vCPUs for Hyper-V (Part 1 of 2)

If your IT environment is like the vast majority of growing shops these days, you are probably considering, in the process of, or already managing some virtualized resources. Virtual machines are being used for a wide range of functions including application servers, file servers, database servers, email servers, and more.
In …

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