The Microsoft Hyper-V snapshot explained

Snapshots are an important part of a Hyper-V administrator’s toolkit. A Hyper-V snapshot allows an admin to roll back to a previous state, undoing changes and potentially saving recovery time. However, if you don’t know how to use them properly, you could be setting yourself up for disaster and inadvertently slowing VM performance. Before you ...

Microsoft Hyper-V Quick Migration

Hyper-V Quick Migration is a feature that allows users to move running virtual machines (VMs) from one host to another with minimal downtime. Live Migration replaced Quick Migration in Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 and has been part of every subsequent release. The amount of time it takes to start a virtual machine on another ...

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview: Your cloud on-ramp is under construction

Big improvements in virtualization and ease of setup—but mind the gaps. Enlarge / The first major update to Windows Server 2012 adds a lot under the hood, as well as some features that will make Windows 8 look a lot more enterprise-friendly. Sean Gallagher It’s been just under a year since Microsoft released Windows Server 2012. Touted ...

Microsoft Hyper-V Integration Services

Hyper-V Integration Services is a suite of utilities in Microsoft Hyper-V, designed to enhance the performance of a virtual machine’s guest operating system. Hyper-V Integration Services optimizes the drivers of the virtual environments to provide end users with the best possible user experience. The suite improves virtual machine management by replacing generic operating system driver files for the mouse, keyboard, ...

A better environment management tool: Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer

Hyper-V Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager have long been go-to tools for managing hosted virtual machines. Neither tool, however, directly indicates whether your Hyper-V configuration adheres to Microsoft’s recommended best practices. To learn that information, you must turn to the Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer. The first steps Figure A: Access the Best Practices ...