Archive for 2014

How to Resize, Shrink, or Expand VHDX in Hyper-V

Shrinking and expanding VHDX files is a common requirement, especially for data centers. We discuss here how it’s done. A lot of times IT admins use dynamically expanding disks to avoid having to grow and shrink VHD / VHDX files. In addition, prior to Windows Server 2012 R2, live expansion and resize of VHDX wasn’t […]

Download Links for Windows 10 & Windows Server Technical Preview

  New: Windows 10 was released! Visit instead: Windows 10 (Final) Download Link Below are the current (Oct 1, 2014) download links for Windows 10 Technical Preview and Windows Server Technical Preview released today: Windows Server Technical Preview Key: JGNV3-YDJ66-HJMJP-KVRXG-PDGDH   Hyper-V Server Technical Preview Windows 10 Technical Preview (Enterprise, English, x64) Key: […]

Hyper-V Backup Links, Guides, Tutorials & Comparisons

Below is a very useful list of links, guides, and tutorials relating to Hyper-V backup:   Hyper-V Backup Quick Start Guide: Protect your Hyper-V VMs with just a couple of clicks. List of Effective Hyper-V Backup Strategies: Describes common strategies; how to back up Hyper-V in the best way that fits your requirements and infrastructure. […]

8 Pros and Cons of Hyper-V Backup using USB External Drives

Here we discuss briefly the advantages and disadvantages of using external hard drives for Hyper-V backups. The pros and cons have been reduced to the main points. If you are looking for an external hard drive backup software solution, check out BackupChain and test it out for free. As everything in life, there are advantages […]

Fix for Error 0x80780049, Backup ID 517

KB 2918371 describes the following issue with Windows Server Backup 2012:   Environment: a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host and a Windows Server 2012 guest virtual machine (VM). Open Windows Server Backup on the host operating system. Select Backup Schedule to start the backup schedule wizard and then click Next. Click Custom on the Select Backup Configuration tab […]


The error 0x800705aa may show up as: HRESULT = 0x800705aa – ERROR_NO_SYSTEM_RESOURCES and occur during backups, file copies, during the boot process, and other processes. The most common cause of 0x800705aa is simply the lack of free RAM. If you are using virtual machines with dynamic memory allocation, make sure the integration services are up-to-date.   The […]

Hyper-V Best Practices You Must Know

In a recent article published by BackupChain, 18 Hyper-V best practices were put together to ensure you have a well functioning Hyper-V server system, with focus on how to achieve good performance and efficient Hyper-V backups.   Their article addresses the following issues: The interdependences of VSS backups in Windows and Hyper-V Options for Fine-tuning […]

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:   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

Are you considering purchasing or renewing Veeam Backup? It’s really expensive, and is it really a good deal for your company? As an affordable alternative to Veeam, BackupChain offers dozens of backup tools for IT professionals and SMBs. BackupChain makes a great Veeam alternative, not only because of its integrated Hyper-V backup and lower license […]

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