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

The official ISO download for Hyper-V Server 2016 is:   The official ISO download link for Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is:   The download link for Hyper-V Server 2012 (old, not R2) is:   The download location for Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server 2008 R2  is:   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 backup software for your Windows file Server, you may want to look for the following criteria: The ability to run several Windows server backup tasks simultaneously Stable file server backup. Needs to run forever without leaks or instabilities Incremental and differential deduplication of backups to save space when repeatedly […]

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. […]

Easy Disk2VHD Hyper-V VHDX Physical to Virtual Conversion

  Physical to virtual P2V Hyper-V conversion for Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (and older versions) can be done in just a couple of simple steps. Converting a physical machine to a virtual machine may be done “live” using the VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service). A common tool provided by Microsoft, though a little primitive and […]

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 […]