How to Delete Hyper-V Backup Checkpoint That’s Stuck

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and later, around spring 2014, introduced a HyperV backup mechanism where Hyper-V creates a hidden internal checkpoint when a Hyper-V backup is initiated. Shortly after the server backup software goes into its prep phase, this checkpoint is deleted and merged automatically while the backup proceeds. See below:   If the host […]

How to Create and Delete Hyper-V Checkpoints / Snapshots

Checkpoints (see this article for a definition) can be useful for short-term testing when you need a quick way to revert a Hyper-V virtual machine to its prior state, for example, before updating Windows or installing software. To create and delete checkpoints (aka. snapshots in older versions of Windows Server and Hyper-V), you can issue […]

Before You Use Carbonite, Mozy, CrashPlan, Rackspace, Softlayer

As you may consider backing up to the cloud using alternatives to Carbonite, Backblaze, SOS Backup, Mozy, Vaultlogix, CrashPlan, Rackspace, and Softlayer, you may want to look into options that are specifically made for server-grade scenarios. Hence, you may also want to add BackupChain to your trial list because there are some great advantages BackupChain has […]

Hyper-V Manager: Scheduled Snapshot and Checkpoint Creation

Unfortunately Hyper-V Manager doesn’t provide an automatic, scheduled creation of snapshots aka checkpoints. However, it’s a great thing to add to your VMs and it can be done with just one command and the Windows Task Scheduler:   You could either use  a fixed name for the snapshot / checkpoint or generate one automatically. The PowerShell script […]

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 http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/F/5/7/F574727C-B145-4A7D-B85B-11C4E8DC894B/9841.0.140912-1613.FBL_RELEASE_SERVER_OEM_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO Key: JGNV3-YDJ66-HJMJP-KVRXG-PDGDH   Hyper-V Server Technical Preview http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/F/5/7/F574727C-B145-4A7D-B85B-11C4E8DC894B/9841.0.140912-1613.FBL_RELEASE_SERVERHYPERCORE_OEM_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO Windows 10 Technical Preview (Enterprise, English, x64) http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/dl/download/F/5/7/F574727C-B145-4A7D-B85B-11C4E8DC894B/9841.0.140912-1613.FBL_RELEASE_CLIENTENTERPRISE_VOL_X64FRE_EN-US.ISO 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. […]

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