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Review of Altaro Hyper-V Backup v5

On January 26th, 2015, Altaro released version 5 of their flagship backup application for Hyper-V. I’ve had it running in my test lab for a while now and am pleased to report that this is a grand step forward. Read more of this post

Corefig for Hyper-V 2012

I have updated the scripts from Core Configurator 2.0 so that it can run on the 2012 editions of Windows Server and Hyper-V. The download is available on CodePlex. Details about the release are available on the Altaro blog.

Altaro 3.5 Releases with Support for Hyper-V 2012

Altaro has updated version 3 of their Hyper-V backup software to include support for Hyper-V 2012. To the best of my knowledge, they’re the first to do that. It also sports an updated interface, several enhancements, and some bug fixes. Download from their site.

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Rundown of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

This is not a full-on review. I don’t get a lot of feedback here but the search hits seem to indicate this site is mostly trafficked by those who are working in small/medium business environments. If that’s you, then the short-form report on SCVMM 2012 is: you’re probably going to want to skip it.

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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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Review of Veeam 6.0 for Hyper-V

Short-form: Too little, too late, too expensive. This product should only be of interest to mixed environments using Hyper-V and VMWare, and even those should strongly consider their options.

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Review of Altaro Backup for Hyper-V

UPDATE: This review is for version 2. I have posted a review of version 5.

I acquired a trial copy of Altaro Backup for Hyper-V, which enables all features for 30 days. The version I tested is You can find its product pages and download links here. The super-short version of my review: this product has a lot of potential and would be a good choice for single-host systems run by small IT departments, but needs some more time to bake for anything larger.

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Hyper-V Manager and Failover Cluster Tools

I’ve noticed from the query hits against the master install document that it isn’t obvious how to access these tools. Read more of this post

Managing Snapshots

Snapshots are a fantastic tool, but Hyper-V will require you to perform some minor maintenance. It isn’t difficult work at all, but you do need to be aware of it.

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Updating your cluster to Service Pack 1

Updating to Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 on your cluster works about the same way as applying regular Windows patches.

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