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 …

Happy World Backup Day!

Today is World Backup Day and here at Unitrends we are celebrating! That’s nothing new for us as we are always making sure that our clients have the best backup software available at their fingertips.

The World Backup Day Pledge says “I solemnly swear to backup my important documents and precious memories on March …

Why PHD Virtual Cloudhook is the best choice for offsite backup

Offsite data protection and recovery which is rapidly becoming a key component in data protection and recovery strategies for businesses of all sizes. The reason is simple. Data is growing at an accelerated rate making it essential for companies to manage their backup, recovery and storage much more effectively and …

All in the Family

2014 is finally here, and I’m sure you all, like myself, are working on keeping New Year’s resolutions. Things like improving your physical health, mental health, financial health, fitness, career… I’ve made them all at some point along the way as well. Unitrends is starting off this new year running …

Shared VHDX

One feature introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 that is receiving a lot of attention is the shared virtual hard disk (VHDX). Shared VHDX allows a guest cluster to share a virtual hard disk. This makes deployment of cluster configuration simpler and allows for the use of storage from SMB …

New stuff from our new blended family!!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent Unitrends family addition, PHD Virtual! We’ve so excited here to be expanding our technology and offerings. If you haven’t already, you should read Dr. Campbell’s recent blog post and our news release about this exciting chapter the Unitrends story.
Today is a HUGE day …

Hyper-V live virtual disk merge

A new feature introduced by Microsoft in Windows Server 2012 R2 is live virtual disk merge, which allows Hyper-V snapshots (now called checkpoints) to be merged into a live virtual machine.
A Hyper-V snapshot is not a backup copy of the data; it is a differencing disk that is associated with …

Hyper-V 2012 CSV’s – Did you know?

I’ve written about Microsoft’s improvements in their virtualization technology in several blog posts recently, and I found an interesting piece of info as I was reviewing the list of upcoming features in Unitrends next release (7.3).
In past versions of Hyper-V (2008 R2), IT environments leveraging CSV’s (cluster shared volumes) were …

What Should I Consider when Virtualizing a Physical Server?

When you’re considering moving from a physical server to a virtual environment, what are some of the things you should consider?  What type of host should you use?  How large does it need to be?  How many servers will you be virtualizing?
There is overhead in virtualizing an existing physical server, …

The hypervisor wars continue – ESXi 5.5 vs Hyper-V 2012 R2

VMware has just announced the release of ESXi 5.5 and the contest with Hyper-V 2012 R2 couldn’t be any hotter.  In this post, we will compare some of the configuration maximums for the two hypervisors.   In addition to raising the limits within the hypervisor, each product has added a ton …

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