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Hyper-V Backup – Products & Options

It’s 2018, and backing up Hyper-V hosts is solved, right? I certainly expected it to be when I took on the task of finding a simple and reliable way to back up three hosts colocated in a large datacenter. This article summarizes my journey and the findings resulting from it. (more…)

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Faster Trimming & Compacting of Hyper-V Ubuntu VMs

A while ago I described how to compact an Ubuntu VHDX running on Hyper-V using the sfill command. Running sfill, however, can take hours. Luckily, there is a much faster alternative. Ubuntu Trim and Hyper-V Ubuntu running in a Hyper-V virtual machine has been supporting the trim command since version 14.04 (details). The OS issues […]

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Hyper-V on Hetzner’s EX51 Hosted Dedicated Servers

Your low-cost high-performance cloud data center building block. This guide explains how to install Windows Server 2012 R2 on Hetzner’s EX51-SSD dedicated servers. That line of servers is very attractive for virtualization as it combines a fast CPU with a good amount of RAM and SSD storage – at a price point of less than […]

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Compacting Hyper-V VHDX Files of Ubuntu Linux VMs

Note: if your guest OS supports the trim command you can use the faster method described in this article. If you configured your Hyper-V virtual machines with dynamically expanding virtual disks you will find that the VHDX files backing the virtual disks always grow in size, they never shrink. Eventually this becomes a problem either […]

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Compacting Client Hyper-V VHDX Files

Virtual hard disks have the same tendency to grow in size as regular disks have to fill up. Deduplication is a great way to battle this, but unfortunately it is not available for Windows 8 Client Hyper-V. I know that hacks are available describing how to transfer the relevant DLLs from Server 2012 but I […]

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Virtualization – Old Hat?

Although humans in general and members of its subspecies “marketing manager” in particular tend to treat currently “hot” topics as new and revolutionary, they only rarely are. In fact, “new” should be considered as in “new wine in old bottles” rather than in “did not exist before”. Take virtualization. Although the topic of the day […]

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Virtualization? Nothing But Lies!

With virtualization, lying has become respectable. Processors lie to user mode processes about memory addresses. Computers lie to operating systems about installed hardware. Storage systems lie to everybody about the location of data. The virtualization hype transforms honest down-to-earth systems into lying medusas. (more…)

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Is VMware Clustering / VMotion Complex Compared to Microsoft Failover Clustering?

My last post on VMware VMotion urged several readers to protest, maybe because of its provocative title. What I did was to compare VMware clustering with Microsoft failover clustering. I got to the conclusion that both significantly add to the complexity of the environment. Interestingly, most commenters said, yes, Microsoft clustering is complex, but no, […]

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VMware vs. Microsoft: Why Memory Overcommitment is Useful in Production and Why Microsoft Denies it

In the ongoing virtualization war much has been written (pro and con) about the value of memory overcommitment, a feature VMware ESX has and Microsoft Hyper-V is lacking (XenServer, too, for that matter). But only few people take a look at what the term overcommitment actually means. In this article I will explain how overcommitment […]

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