Tag - Hyper-V

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

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

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...
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Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Basic Setup

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...
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Hyper-V Failover Cluster: MPIO & CSV Storage

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...
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Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Converged Network

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...
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Hyper-V Failover Cluster: Affordable HA for the SMB

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

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...
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Hybrid Network Architecture Options & Pre-Reqs for SBS Migration to Office 365 & Windows Server 2016

In this post I will lay out some of the options to consider when replacing the late Small Business Server (SBS) product with a hybrid architecture. Along with the huge success of Office 365, many small businesses are realizing the benefits of a hybrid deployment model, where some infrastructure is kept on-premises, and other...
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Automate the deployment of guest virtual machines with PowerShell

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,...
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