Archive for 2014

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 […]

What are Hyper-V Checkpoints, Snapshots, and VSS?

Are you getting confused (like everyone else) about checkpoints, snapshots, VSS snapshots, Hyper-V snapshots, and SAN snapshots? It is confusing thanks to Microsoft and a couple of others…. Let’s get to work:   Hyper-V Snapshots are Now Called Checkpoints Hyper-V snapshots were called snapshots in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Then Microsoft […]

How to Backup VMware Workstation, VMs, VMDK Files

  There are two ways to back up VMs, one is manual and the other is automatic and targets professional users. The simplest way to create a backup for VMware Workstation virtual machines is to shut them down and then take a manual copy of the entire folder containing the VMware VM and its files, […]

11 Things to Know About Hyper-V Snapshots / Checkpoints

In Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-v Snapshots were renamed to so-called “Checkpoints“. The following are 11 things to know about Hyper-V snapshots and checkpoints. Ideally an IT admin should be aware of all of them in order to make a well informed decision on when and how to use snapshots. Advantages of Hyper-V Snapshots / […]

How to Convert VHD Files to VHDX Disks in Hyper-V

In order to convert existing Hyper-V virtual disks in VHD file format to the new VHDX file format you can use the PowerShell to and run a conversion command as follows:   Convert-VHD –Path c:\MyVM\VHD-file.vhd –DestinationPath c:\NewVM\vhdx-converted-disk.vhdx   Converting to a VHDX gives you a couple of advantages over VHD, such as: * 4 KB […]