How to Encrypt your Hyper-V Host Server using the GUI

20. July 2017 Technical 0
Full disk encryption is becoming more important in the SMB.  I recommend this for every Windows 10 Pro PC, and also for your Windows Servers. Small businesses often have a single physical Hyper-V host server, maybe two. And these are usually located in a network closet or mechanical room, in a small office space.  These ...

How to fix guest processing errors on Hyper-V virtual machine backups

11. July 2017 Technical 0
So you setup a third party backup system, sticking mostly to defaults on the job settings, with “application aware” or “guest OS processing” enabled, in order to capture Hyper-V virtual machines, and keep their application data consistent (process database transaction logs, etc.) Or, perhaps you have migrated existing virtual machines to a newer piece of ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

16. February 2017 Technical 4
I have previously shared a slightly more complex method for configuring a simple 2-node failover cluster, involving a converged Hyper-V virtual switch, with QoS policies and so forth to manage traffic on the Management, CSV and Live Migration networks. However, there is another config I wanted to share, which in some cases is preferable in an ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster Best Practices (footnotes)

08. December 2016 Technical 2
Some of you may be familiar with this handy best practices checklist, published by Microsoft. Actually it comes in three varieties currently (I haven’t seen an updated one for 2016 yet): 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices and 2012 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices 2008 R2 Hyper-V Best Practices It’s a pretty good resource. In my many years deploying and ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: MPIO & CSV Storage

08. August 2016 Technical 0
Continuing our last post on Hyper-V Failover Clustering, we turn our focus from networking to storage. To bring storage into the picture, we will have to provision some volumes from Storage Spaces, our SAN or other Shared Storage device. This varies by vendor, so see their documentation for more details. However you do it, just be ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Converged Network

04. August 2016 Technical 0
In this post, we will look at a concept known as “Converged Networking” for setting up a simple two-node Hyper-V cluster (a great option for small businesses). The basic idea is that all of your physical network adapters will be brought together as a single NIC team, and thereby made interchangeable–it’s just connection tissue to ...

Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Affordable HA for the SMB

01. August 2016 Technical 3
Next to Office 365, virtualization is still the number one recommendation I make to small businesses. It’s a no-brainer. Enabling Hyper-V opens up so many great opportunities–grow your server’s CPU, RAM or storage on the fly, perform host-level backups, Live Migrate to new hardware with no downtime, use Hyper-V Replica or Azure Site Recovery for DR, eliminate downtime with ...

New Options for High Availability using Hyper-V with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)

21. July 2016 Technical 0
Windows Server 2016 introduces a new feature called Storage Spaces Direct. Expanding on their existing software-defined storage technology, Microsoft now allows us to pool internal disks across multiple servers–meaning that you do not need to use a separate enclosure and extra cabling to enable a shared storage solution. Shared storage is required for building a failover cluster. ...

Automate the deployment of guest virtual machines with PowerShell

02. June 2016 Technical 0
Small businesses often bemoan the cost and complexity of implementing System Center. But who needs System Center when you’ve already got PowerShell?! In the previous post, I shared a series of snippets / scripts that I use to quickly configure a standalone Hyper-V host, including host name & timezone, storage, networking, and so on. To continue that ...