Windows 8 Client Hyper-V Limitations, Intro, and Pitfalls

Microsoft has integrated a limited version of Hyper-V, called Client Hyper-V, to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Similar to the Windows Server Hyper-V version, the Client Hyper-V edition targets power user who need to virtualize several operating systems and run them on a single workstation. Microsoft added Hyper-V Windows 8 to the Pro and Enterprise […]

Hyper-V Server 2016 Download Locations + 2012 R2, 2008

The official ISO download for Hyper-V Server 2016 is: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/E/4/E/E4EFC175-3D2D-49A6-B6D9-1B389887F764/14393.0.160916-1106.RS1_REFRESH_SERVERHYPERCORE_OEM_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO   The official ISO download link for Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/F/7/D/F7DF966B-5C40-4674-9A32-D83D869A3244/9600.16384.WINBLUE_RTM.130821-1623_X64FRE_SERVERHYPERCORE_EN-US-IRM_SHV_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO   The download link for Hyper-V Server 2012 (old, not R2) is: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/3/4/7/347A95F0-A63C-492F-BE43-F376AE30C9FE/9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_SERVERHYPERCORE_EN-US-HRM_SHV_X64FRE_EN-US_DV5.ISO   The download location for Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2  is: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3512   What are you waiting for? While […]

Veeam Alternative for Hyper-V Backup

As an affordable alternative to Veeam, BackupChain offers a variety of features for IT professionals and SMBs. BackupChain makes a great Veeam alternative (lots of Veeam users switch to BackupChain) and includes Hyper-V backup for free, see the range of features below. Consider this: Instead of buying Veeam and paying per CPU socket you could simply pay per installation […]

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.   […]