Faster Live Migration with Compression in Windows Server 2012 R2

Last week I talked about the fact that we had introduced two new technologies for making live migration faster in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Today I would like to dig in deep on how one of these approaches, live migration with compression, actually works. Live migration with compression is the default option for live migration… Read more

Configuring Faster Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2

On Monday I gave a quick introduction to the faster live migration technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Before I start getting into how this all works and what the things to consider are, lets talk about how you configure it. By default – when you install (or upgrade to) Windows Server 2012 R2 we… Read more

Hyper-V Poster Updates

There are a number of things happening with the ever popular Hyper-V architectural posters at the moment.  First, last week updated Hyper-V architectural posters for Windows Server 2012 R2 were made available here: One neat detail to call out is that you can now download the entire poster, or just the individual sections of… Read more

Faster Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2

There are a number of interesting new features in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2.  One of the ones that I was directly involved in was the work to make live migration faster. Now, most people are pretty impressed with live migration today.  After all – it lets you move virtual machines between physical servers… Read more

Figuring out your NUMA topology with Hyper-V

I was recently asked how you should go about determining the NUMA topology of a physical computer, for the purposes of planning a Hyper-V deployment.  This is something that is normally quite tricky to do – so we actually included this information directly into the Hyper-V PowerShell interface to make it easier for people. What… Read more

Configuring Hyper-V Replica Resynchronization

If you have Hyper-V Replica enabled on a virtual machine, and Hyper-V is not able to send all disk changes across in a timely fashion, the replication relationship will eventually be put into a failed state.  At this point in time you need to perform a resynchronization to get the replication relationship back to normal…. Read more

Virtualizing Exchange on Hyper-V

I was recently given a pointer to the following white paper that goes through all the best practices for virtualizing Exchange on top of Hyper-V: It does a really good job of going through pretty much all of the features / aspects of Hyper-V and explaining the best configuration option to choose when running… Read more