Archive for 2014

File Server Backup Software for Windows

If you are looking for a file server backup software for your Windows file Server, you may want to check out BackupChain. BackupChain offers dozens of features specifically for file backup, such as version backup and filtering, but also includes disk imaging capabilities. Whether you are backing up a NAS or plan to set up […]

Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Backup, Step-by-Step

  Hyper-V backup is now available on Windows 8 / 8.1 and offers many features that came from Windows Server. In  BackupChain, all backup features available in Windows Server are also available on Windows 8, such as incremental and differential deduplication and a automatic disaster recovery for Hyper-V virtual machines. As shown in the screen shot below, […]

Hyper-V Backup Pulls Windows Server 2012 into Saved State

Backing up a Hyper-V virtual machine running Windows Server 2012 (or R2) on a Window Server 2008 R2 host may cause the VM to go into a Saved State. This is due to  a Hyper-V limitation and not an issue with the HyperV Backup Software being used. Please check the following: Make sure the host […]

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, […]