3 Deadly Hyper-V Deployment Mistakes That You Need To Avoid

3 Deadly Hyper-V Deployment Mistakes That You Need To Avoid

It’s no coincidence that the virtual machines have experienced a surge in popularity with the launch of Microsoft Hyper-V.

Roots of this incredibly powerful software can be traced back to 2003 when Microsoft acquired the privately-owned Connectix Corp. This simple business acquisition paved the way for further development and research on Virtual Machines and is the main reason why they’re so popular today. Continue reading

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How to Implement a Robust Hyper-V Backup Solution?

how to implement a robust hyper-v backup solution

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s virtualization platform that enables IT administrators and businesses to run multiple instances of operating systems off the same physical machine (a server). This allows more efficient utilization of resources, enhanced portability of applications, convenient and streamlined management of IT operations and quick deployment of new server environments. Continue reading

Virtualization & Disaster Recovery in Hyper-V

Hyper-V is one of the features that is available in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Hyper-V offers native hypervisor the ability to run virtual machines on the Intel x86-64 platform.

Virtualization & Disaster Recovery

There are various options available to protect virtual machines that run on Hyper-V as far as virtualization and disaster recovery is concerned. To run Hyper-V, there are basically two options available. It could either run as a role on one of the Windows Server releases above or as a free version of Windows Server (known as Hyper-V Server) that offers only limited functionality. Microsoft has improved or added, with each new release of Windows, the general and data protection features in Hyper-V. Many new and apt functions of Hyper-V are supported under the centralized management tool, SCVMM (Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager), currently at release 2012 R2. Some of them include:

· Hyper- V Backup

Backup of Hyper-V guests is managed through The use of VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Services) is what allows Hyper-V to manage the backup of guests. Hyper-V VSS writer has the ability to suspend I/O on the hypervisor. It also has the ability to suspend I/O in the guest by using Integration Services. VSS writer does that when the snapshot and backup of the VM is taken. Currently there are numerous backup systems available that can easily integrate with VM and VSS. They include the capability to restore application data from inside the VM itself. Microsoft provides Windows Server Backup as a free tool for recovery and backup services, as a substitute to using an independent software supplier backup product.

· Hyper-V VM Replication

Microsoft introduced Hyper-V Replica, in Windows Server 2012, which is basically an IP based replication feature that permits a virtual machine image to be replicated secondary location. The replica copy can be run on the disaster recovery location, in case of failure at primary site.

With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, the abilities of Hyper-V Replica were extended to support replication to a third site. These sites are known as the extended replica. The secondary and tertiary sites continue, in case of loss of primary site, to copy between each other and continue to maintain protection for the application.

· Hyper-V Cloud Replication & Backup

A very effective substitute to utilizing a secondary datacenter is to push VMs into the public cloud. Microsoft operates its Azure cloud and offers facilities to move VMs to and from an on premise Hyper-V deployment using Azure Site Recovery.

All in all, you can see that Hyper-V has all the tools needed to ensure that never have to suffer from data loss. But still situations may arise where these tools are not adequate enough. To guarantee that your data remains 100% sure, you can try CloudBacko, the best cloud backup software available on the web. You can use CloudBacko for smooth hyper-v backup every time. For more details, you can visit http://www.cloudbacko.com/

Infograhic: How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup

How to make Google Drive 10X better for backup (with CloudBacko)

Google Drive now offers 15GB free cloud storage space for each user account. It also offers free app for syncing files across devices. But it is not designed for backup purpose. It would be 10x better if you can:

1x. Combine multiple Google Drive accounts as one big pool of cloud storage.
2x. Add more to the pool when you’re running out of space.
3x. Encrypt the filenames of your data on your computer before uploading to the combined.Google Drive cloud storage, so that no one will know what you have backed up.
4x. Encrypt the contents of your data too.
5x. Use an unbreakable encrypting key that contains a bunch of upper case and lower case characters, numbers as well as special characters to encrypt your data.
6x. Backup only the changes within a file so as to minimize the time required.
7x. Keep multiple versions of your backup data so that you can always choose what version to restore.
8x. Configure the bandwidth for backup so that it won’t consume all your available bandwidth.
9x. Frequently check the data integrity of your backup to ensure restorability.
10x. Besides files, also backup VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL Database, and other databases that you have.

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Windows Server with Hyper-V becomes the leading hypervisor in India

According to the latest IDC study named “Worldwide Server Virtualization Tracker Q1 2014”, Windows Server with Hyper-V has become the leading x86 and EPIC based hypervisor in India, taking up 47.5 percent market share in Q1 2014. No wonder CloudBacko Pro with Hyper-V backup module is one of our top selling combos during the past 3 months.

We offer 30 days free trial for those who are interested in trying our Hyper-V backup solution. Download it now.

Gartner releases its 2014 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

Gartner has released its annual Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure and positioned VMware and Microsoft (Hyper-V) in the leaders Quadrant, followed by Oracle, Parallels, Citrix, Red Hat, and Hua Wei. Click here for the details.

According to Gartner, “at least 70% of x86 server workloads are virtualized, the market is mature and competitive, and enterprises have viable choices. An increasing number of enterprises are evaluating both the cost benefits of competitive migrations and the benefits of deploying multiple virtualization technologies.

With CloudBacko Pro, you are able to backup the guest virtual machines (VMs) in either VMware or Hyper-V to the enterprise class cloud storage, e.g.  Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Microsoft OneDrive, as well as local or mapped network drives.

Backup You Hyper-V with A Dedicated Tool

Hyper-V was a tool introduced by Microsoft in 2008 to facilitate server virtualization. Its smooth running and fast backup ensures cost saving and security for businesses in the virtualization space. The use of Hyper-V reduces the cost of physical hardware for any company since it allows them to virtualize their physical environment.

It is important to use dedicated software for hyper-v backup for the following reasons:

Flexible Backup Options

A dedicated tool backup tool for Hyper-V offers more restore options allowing you to make your own choices regarding backup. What, how, when and where to backup your hyper-v are decisions that can occupy your mind. A dedicated tool will take these decisions off your mind with the flexible options it provides. For example, with a dedicated backup tool you can backup VMs at either host level or guest level. There is also an option to automatically schedule your backup, which reduces the load on your server and enables you to set the backup at peak times.

Space Saving

Using a dedicated tool will allow you to avoid redundancy in data by removing repetitive data from the backup. This saves space on the backup and allows for only one file to exist in the backup. You can also choose to compress data before making a backup of it, again saving space.

Security

It is important to secure your backup data. Data theft, intellectual property theft and malicious intelligence gathering are all security concerns that any organization strives to eliminate. A dedicated hyper-v backup tool provides security solutions with the ability to protect your backup data with military grade encryption and you can be in control of the encryption keys.

Fast Restoration and Backup

Speed is a very important factor in backup and restoration. A dedicated backup tool is invested in heavily to ensure that the product delivers high speed backup and restoration, allowing it to provide the dedicated service within minutes. No company can keep waiting forever until its data backs up or restores since its reputation and profits are at stake.

These are just a few of the reasons that a dedicated Hyper-V backup software should be used. Not only will it ensure fast backup but it will also provide dedicated services specific to the backup of Hyper-V data. Do you use a dedicated tool to backup your Hyper-V data? Find out more about us here.

How to backup Microsoft Hyper-V to Amazon S3 and local drive

Yeah, we are actively working on video demos for all those who are interested in our product. Here’s another one showing you how you can easily backup your Guest Virtual Machine of Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 to Amazon S3 and local drive with the newly released CloudBacko Pro server backup software. Watch it here:

Licensing

With only 1 perpetual license, you can backup “Unlimited” guest virtual machines in 1 Hyper-V host. Download our 30-days free trial at: http://www.cloudbacko.com/en/download-cloudbacko-advanced-cloud-local-server-workstation-amazon-S3-google-backup-software-free-trial.jsp. No credit card or other personal info required.