Archive for 2013

Resolving VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_FREEZE Backup Errors

The backup error VSS_WS_FAILED_AT_FREEZE may occur with several types of writers, such as the Hyper-V VSS Writer or Registry Writer. We have a tool to diagnose all kinds of VSS errors, called VssDiag available at http://backupchain.com/VssDiag.html The important thing is to enter the backup error time as accurately as possible, within a 5 minute window […]

VMware Workstation Speed-Up, How to Fix Slow Performance

This article describes a couple of quick steps to speed up VMware Workstation. These steps will speed up and offer better performance, during normal operation but also during backups with your VMware backup software. Now, first you would want to merge split VMDKs that VMware Workstation creates by default. This default setting is unfortunately not […]

Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox Feature Comparison

Below is a feature comparison of modern hypervisor platforms, such as Hyper-V, VMware, VirtualBox and others:   Name Can boot an OS on another disk partition as guest USB support GUI Live memory allocation Snapshots per VM Snapshot of running system Live migration Shared folders Shared clipboard PCI pass-through KVM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes […]

How to fix error CLSID {463948d2-035d-4d1d-9bfc-473fece07dab} Access Denied

You may receive the following Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) error in your Event Viewer logs: Volume Shadow Copy Service information: The COM Server with CLSID {463948d2-035d-4d1d-9bfc-473fece07dab} and name HWPRV cannot be started. [0x80070005, Access is denied.   and or this one: Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Error creating the Shadow Copy Provider COM class with […]

Freeware Backup Software–Watch Out!

The Freeware Gimmick Are you familiar with the saying ” There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch“? Especially when it comes to using software, some companies employ marketing “gimmicks” and offer so-called “free” versions of their products. The entire point is to get you hooked and the major price tag follows soon thereafter. […]

Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Backup Software

BackupChain now runs on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1, download our new installer here: http://backupchain.com/downloads.html Your trusted Windows Server and Hyper-V backup solution also works on Windows 8.1 with all Hyper-V features as the server edition.   What is BackupChain? BackupChain is a simple to use, yet powerful backup tool for IT professionals. […]

VMware Workstation Start & Stop VMs from Command Line

In the folder C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation or: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware Workstation   You’ll find vmrun.   Command format: vmrun [AUTHENTICATION-FLAGS] COMMAND [PARAMETERS] 1. To start a virtual machine: “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun” -T ws start “C:\VMs\Linux.vmx”   2. To Shut down a VM: “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\vmrun” -T ws stop “C:\VMs\Linux.vmx”   3. To reboot: “C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware […]

How to Install Hyper-V on Windows 8

First you need to open the Control Panel. You need to have Windows 8 Pro or Ultimate and a 64 bit processor. Then choose select Programs and Select Windows Features. Then tick the box Hyper-V as shown below:     That’s all. Don’t forget to check into a Windows 8 Hyper-V backup solution, too.

Windows 8 Hyper-V Backup Solution to Back up VHD & VHDX Virtual Machines

Have a look at http://backupchain.com/Hyper-V-Backup.html in case you’d like to back up your Windows 8 Hyper-V VMs. In addition to full VM backup, you also get Granular Backup features to select individual files from inside VMs when you run your backups on the host. Backups can be deduplicated and compressed, saving space and backup time.   […]