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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Review of Altaro Backup for Hyper-V 3.0

Update: This review is for version 3. I have posted a review of version 5.

Older article from 2012:

Altaro Software has released the third major edition of their backup software for Hyper-V. I previously reviewed version 2 and will be making some references to that.

Short version: much improved over the previous edition and is maturing nicely, but still has a ways to go. At this time, I would say that it could be used in all small environments and most medium environments.

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It’s NOT the Network, the Hypervisor, or the OS!

I’ll do my best to keep this posting on an even keel and not let it devolve into a rant, but no promises. As I poke around in various technical forums, whether LinkedIn or Spiceworks or TechNet or whatever, a new theme is popping up. People are complaining that they’ve dropped in a shiny new 10G network and just can’t figure out why it’s not any faster than their old 1GB network, or they’re using internal/private networks inside Hyper-V or ESX and they don’t go any faster than a standard copper line. In a couple of cases, I’ve actually taken the effort to try to explain what’s going on, but usually it falls on deaf ears. This post serves as both an explanation and an appeal to the more sensible administrators out there to look at what’s really going on.

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