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Altaro is a fast-growing developer of easy to use and affordable backup solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses, specializing in backup for virtualized environments. Our aim is to delight our customers with full-featured, affordable backup software backed by an outstanding, personal Support team who are determined to help you succeed in protecting your environment.

Post TechEd 2014 Review: What’s New in Microsoft Virtualization

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Thursday the 15th of May, marked the conclusion of Microsoft’s Annual TechEd conference this year in Houston. While attending the conference, there is one thing that has become quite clear in Microsoft’s message, in my opinion. The future of Microsoft is Azure and all things cloud. During the keynote, Brad Anderson laid out the company’s future vision and what that means for IT Pros […]

Cluster-Aware Updating and Hyper-V Part 1: The Basics

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In today’s data center, and for the foreseeable future, the biggest word is “automation”. It doesn’t matter how big your datacenter is, either. Whether your servers have a multi-continental presence or have been relegated to a closet, there’s never enough staff allocated with enough time to manually manage these systems. Even if you did have […]

Using Powershell to Manage Hyper-V Integration Services in Server 2012 R2

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A while back, Eric Siron, one of my fellow Altaro.com bloggers, did an excellent write-up regarding Hyper-V integration services. Said post did a great job explaining the need for integration services, what they are, and how they can help System Admins do their jobs. As of the Windows Server 2012 R2 release, not much has changed in […]

Free PowerShell Script for Hyper-V: Rename-ClusterVM

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Building off of the earlier Get-ClusterVM script, I’ve come up with a Rename-ClusterVM PowerShell script. It sometimes comes as a surprise to people to learn that what Failover Cluster Manager shows you for a virtual machine (in the Roles node) isn’t actually the virtual machine at all. It’s an object known as a “cluster group”. Inside that […]

Virtual Machine Guest Licensing and Hyper-V

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Are you confused by just how virtual machine guest licensing works with Hyper-V? I’ve been reading a lot of blog and forum posts, and it seems like this might be the most confusing subject in the world of Hyper-V right now. It doesn’t help that that a lot of people who really don’t understand it […]

4 Reasons Your Hyper-V Host Should Only Run the Hyper-V Role

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As IT Pros we’re often told to “Be flexible” and to “Do more with less”. Nothing is more true than when we’re talking about hardware, software licensing and the placement of network-critical services. While I agree with the above phrases, and Hyper-V allows us to do both with relative ease, there are still some guidelines […]

8 Benefits of implementing Hyper-V Network Virtualization

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Hyper-V Network Virtualization technology, sometimes referred as HNV, is primarily designed to be used by the hosting providers, but every SMB should know the benefits offered by HNV. Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization is introduced with a new module called “WNV”. WNV stands for “Windows Network Virtualization”. The WNV module was first introduced with Windows Server […]

7 Keys to Hyper-V Security

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For most small institutions, securing Hyper-V is often just a matter of just letting domain admins control the hypervisor. This post will examine ways you can harden your Hyper-V deployment beyond the basics. 1. Manage Access to Virtual Machine Functions In the past, AzMan (Authorization Manager) was the tool of choice for managing specific virtual […]

Product Review: Altaro Hyper-V Backup

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Introduction   Although numerous backup applications exist for VMware, there are fewer options available to administrators who want to back up Hyper-V. One of the available backup solutions is Altaro Hyper-V Backup, which offers a whole slew of useful features at a modest price (there is even a free version). I decided to take Altaro […]

Altaro Hyper-V Backup Review

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If you are a Hyper-V administrator like me, then you jumped for joy when you learned that the built-in Windows Server Backup utility in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 allows you to perform live backups of your virtual machines. That feature is all well and good if you run a small shop with few VMs. However, […]

Altaro Hyper-V Backup V4 Reviewed

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Recently Altaro has just released Altaro Hyper-V Backup to v4. Let me share on my findings during testing and thanks to Altaro which allowed me to remote into their testing environment to perform certain in-depth testing which is not available on my test environment.   New Infrastructure     Altaro Hyper-V Backup v4 allowed for […]

Altaro Blog for Hyper-V & Windows Adminstrators: Resize Hyper-V VHD Disk Files with PowerShell

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I’d like to think that we plan ahead and build Hyper-V virtual machines with adequate disk space. But sometimes our best plans can quickly fly out the window. Or you might have a legacy virtual machine that you can’t get rid of yet but its disk space is becoming an issue. Fortunately, this is easily […]

Download! Free Altaro Tool — Migrate Hyper-V Management OS Virtual Adapters To Another Switch

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Moving a virtual machine’s virtual adapter from one virtual switch to another is easy. It’s a drop-down box on the VM’s properties or a quick flip with Disconnect-VMNetworkAdapter and Connect-VMNetworkAdapter. None of this works for virtual adapters in the management operating system, though. Luckily for you, I’ve come up with a script that will do […]

Altaro Blog for Hyper-V & Windows Adminstrators: Microsoft Windows/Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 — First Impressions

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The release date for Windows Server 2012 R2 (and Windows 8.1) has been set for October 18th, 2013. I got a copy of the previews of both Windows Server and Hyper-V Server, from TechNet. Links for both were included in the rotating banner, but you won’t have much trouble finding them if you look. There […]

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