How to perform an Unplanned Failover from Azure Site Recovery

28. September 2017 Technical 1
In a previous series, I wrote about Azure Site Recovery, and the new integration tools available in Windows Server 2016, through the Essentials role (enabling some pretty cool new offerings, potentially, for service providers and consultants). ASR for Windows Server Essentials makes setting up Disaster Recovery into the Microsoft Azure cloud very easy to do ...

Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 2: Configuration

07. September 2017 Technical 0
Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud, and replicate Virtual Machines from your on-premises Hyper-V server(s) to Azure. The built-in integrations that make this possible are Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. Image credit: Alex Fields, ITProMentor.com The previous ...

Tutorial: How-to Setup Azure Site Recovery using Windows Server Essentials, Part 1: Pre-requisites

05. September 2017 Technical 0
Windows Server Essentials (or the Essentials Experience role) can be leveraged to quickly provision and enable a full Disaster Recovery site in the cloud using built-in Azure integration features. The solution is composed of two Azure products: Azure Virtual Network and Azure Site Recovery. I have previously written about our struggles to configure this solution ...

More Azure Site Recovery bugs in Windows Server Essentials?

06. July 2017 Technical 0
Previously, I wrote about the Azure Site Recovery plugin for Windows Server Essentials Dashboard. One might say that it hasn’t been the best product so far, in that getting it to work without hiccups is apparently luck of the draw.  Microsoft Support hasn’t been able to reproduce the issues that we have been running into ...

New ransomware variant also finds & deletes backups?!

11. April 2017 Technical 0
I recently came across this forum thread on Veeam’s website, which scared the crap out of me. Coincidentally, Veeam published this article the same day. If these reports are accurate, then it means most organizations have some work to do to better secure themselves against the latest emerging rasomware / crypto-variants. It makes sense. Probably ...

Bug with Essentials Integration for Azure Site Recovery

06. April 2017 Technical 3
Awhile back, I had written a series on all the neat integrations available with Windows Server Essentials (or Essentials Experience, if installing it on top of Standard as a role).  You may have noticed that I never published an article regarding one of the most exciting features–integration with Azure Site Recovery (ASR). Azure Site Recovery is ...

How to Use Azure as a DR Site

18. April 2016 Technical 0
Hyper-V Replica (HVR) has been available since Windows Server 2012, bringing easy and affordable DR to the SMB space. Using HVR, virtual machines can be replicated over secure, higher-latency (but reliable) links across the Internet. However, until recently, many SMB’s did not have a place to replicate to. Building a DR site requires a serious outlay of cash ...

How to initiate a test failover to Azure Site Recovery

14. April 2016 Technical 3
If you’ve been following along with this series, we have already: Extended our On-Premises Network to Azure Virtual Network Replicated Hyper-V Virtual Machines to an Azure Site Recovery Vault In this post we are going to perform a test fail-over of on-premises virtual machines to Azure. Since we have all the component parts necessary, including an ...

How to Replicate Hyper-V VMs to Azure Site Recovery

11. April 2016 Technical 0
We have already seen how to setup an Azure Virtual Network for less than $100.00 USD / month in our previous article. Today we are going to see just how easy it is to turn this network into a fully functional DR site using Azure Site Recovery at a fraction of the cost of building a co-location. ...