What’s new in Windows Server Technical Preview – vNext (Part 2)?

This is part two of a review of the new and updated features in Windows Server Technical Preview which are related to Hyper-V and virtualization. Part one can be found here.

Rolling Hyper-V Cluster Upgrade
Reviewed in part one of this blog post.
Storage QoS
Reviewed in part one of this blog post.
Storage Replica
Storage …

What’s new in Windows Server Technical Preview – vNext (Part 1)?

Microsoft has released a technical preview of the new Hyper-V Server/Windows 10 release this fall. There are several areas of new or changed functionality. In this 2-part blog post, I’ll highlight the major changes impacting virtualization and Hyper-V.

Rolling Hyper-V Cluster Upgrade
If you are running a cluster of nodes at the …

Monitoring with DSC?

Continuing exploration of uses of the PowerShell 4.0 feature, Desired State Configuration (DSC), let’s explore how to use DSC to monitor files and folders.
In this example, I want check to see if my backup software is installed on my Hyper-V hosts. DSC includes a resource called Package which facilitates monitoring …

How should I use DSC?

In my last blog, I discussed Microsoft’s Desired State Configuration (DSC) resources and features introduced in PowerShell 4.0. In today’s post, let us explore a convenient and productive use case for DSC – enabling the Hyper-V role on servers in your domain.
Remember you first need to create a Configuration script …

What is DSC?

With PowerShell 4.0, Microsoft has introduced a cool new Windows management platform, called Desired State Configuration, or DSC. Through this feature you can easily define and maintain your entire compute environment, including your Hyper-V hosts, in an automated way. The types of functions you can perform with DSC include but …

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 …

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