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Windows Server 2016 Download Location ISO File

The official ISO download link for Windows Server 2016 ISO (final release) is: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/1/6/F/16FA20E6-4662-482A-920B-1A45CF5AAE3C/14393.0.160715-1616.RS1_RELEASE_SERVER_EVAL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO   Welcome to BackupChain, the Server Backup Software for IT Professionals! While you are waiting for your download, check out BackupChain, our Server 2016 backup software that is specifically made for IT pros. Among the many unique features you also benefit […]

How to Fix Error ID 10178 in Hyper-V VMMS

Cause of Hyper-V Error 10178 If you encountered a backup error in the Hyper-V VMMS event logs with ID 10178, it may show several related error messages, such as: “Failed to fix-up absolute VHD paths in configuration of virtual machine ‘Accounting': Account restrictions are preventing this user from signing in. For example: blank passwords aren’t […]

How to Fix: MSMQ Writer (MSMQ) failed

If you ran into this type of VSS error “MSMQ Writer”, the fix below might work for you: Symptoms The Event Viewer logs on the host and inside the virtual machine, at the time of backup, might show the following entries. The VSS writer MSMQ Writer (MSMQ) failed with status 8 and writer specific failure […]

How to Open ISO in Hyper-V Server: Mount ISO to Drive

These commands should help mount the ISO to a drive letter so you can install applications or operating system upgrades directly on the host. To map an ISO to a drive use the command line: PowerShell Mount-DiskImage -ImagePath \”C:\myIsoFolder\MyIsoFile.iso\”   When you are done, use: PowerShell “Get-Volume X | Get-DiskImage | Dismount-DiskImage”   Backup Software for […]

How to Delete Hyper-V Backup Checkpoint That’s Stuck

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, around spring 2014, introduced a HyperV backup mechanism where Hyper-V creates a hidden internal checkpoint when a Hyper-V backup is initiated. Shortly after the server backup software goes into its prep phase, this checkpoint is deleted and merged automatically while the backup proceeds. See below:   If the host […]

How to Create and Delete Hyper-V Checkpoints / Snapshots

Checkpoints (see this article for a definition) can be useful for short-term testing when you need a quick way to revert a Hyper-V virtual machine to its prior state, for example, before updating Windows or installing software. To create and delete checkpoints (aka. snapshots in older versions of Windows Server and Hyper-V), you can issue […]

Before You Use Carbonite, Mozy, CrashPlan, Rackspace, Softlayer

As you may consider backing up to the cloud using alternatives to Carbonite, Backblaze, SOS Backup, Mozy, Vaultlogix, CrashPlan, Rackspace, and Softlayer, you may want to look into options that are specifically made for server-grade scenarios. Hence, you may also want to add BackupChain to your trial list because there are some great advantages BackupChain has […]

Hyper-V Manager: Scheduled Snapshot and Checkpoint Creation

Unfortunately Hyper-V Manager doesn’t provide an automatic, scheduled creation of snapshots aka checkpoints. However, it’s a great thing to add to your VMs and it can be done with just one command and the Windows Task Scheduler:   You could either use  a fixed name for the snapshot / checkpoint or generate one automatically. The PowerShell script […]