Archive for April, 2014

Fixed vs. Dynamic VHD and VHDX Performance

What’s the difference between fixed sized VHD or VHDX and dynamic VHD / VHDX files in Hyper-V? How bad is the performance impact? Understanding the difference between the two requires a deeper understanding of how virtual disks and real hard drives work. After reviewing the pros and cons, many people choose against using dynamic disks. […]

Free Disk2VHD Hyper-V VHDX Physical to Virtual Conversion P2V

  Update 2017: Forget Disk2VHD, there is something much better. Check out BackupChain and its P2V, V2V, and V2P features. It offers VHD, VHDX, VMDK, and VDI formats as source and target virtual disks. Converts several disks and runs as a task automatically if you want…and much more! Physical to virtual P2V Hyper-V conversion for […]

Incremental Backup vs. Differential Backup

Incremental backups and differential backups are traditional backup strategies found in backup software but are sometimes also available in storage devices. It doesn’t matter which software performs it, though there are differences in the interpretation of the terms “incremental” and “differential”. The “correct” meaning of incremental and differential backup has to do with deduplication.   […]

How to: Hyper-V Backup Strategy in 12 Simple Steps

The best backup strategy in the world is the one tailored to your needs. This isn’t something that can be delegated as it requires the “data owner” to answer the following questions: 12 Questions You Need Answered First How much data you have?1TB? 100 GB? 10 GB. This makes a huge difference How often you […]

Hyper-V VHD or VHDX? Advantages, Limitations, and Disadvantages

When you have the choice between VHD and VHDX for Hyper-V virtual disks, you may want to consider the following advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of each virtual disk format:   VHD Features VHDs work on Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 and 2012 R2.  Hyper-V on Windows 8 also supports it as well as Virtual […]

Hyper-V IDE or SCSI? What’s Performing Better, Faster?

If you wonder whether to use IDE or SCSI controllers for your Hyper-V virtual machines, the short answer is: IDE is fine. There is no need to go for SCSI, it won’t be any faster. Note that you need to have a IDE connected virtual disk in order to boot. If you want better performance, […]

Hyper-V Cluster 2012 R2 Setup Instructions, Simple and Quick

The fastest way to install a Hyper-V cluster utilizing cluster shared volumes and failover clustering is presented in this article. Overview You need a domain controller. If you don’t have one yet, set one up now and make sure you don’t use it for Hyper-V as well (you could but shouldn’t) Your CPUs used for all […]