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 […]

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, […]