How snapshots work in Hyper-V 1

The ability to do snapshots in Hyper-V, or in any virtualisation product is in my opinion is awesome, gone are the days of before you applied any patches to your server or applications, you had to make sure that you had done decent backup, apply the patches and hope you don’t have to restore from ...

What is VSS?

So what is VSS? or to give it its full name “Volume Shadow Copy Service”. It first appeared in Windows XP, and is a Windows Based Service that allows you and backup applications to create a consistent copy of your data on a Volume, that can then be used to protect the data on that ...

How to Protect your Windows File System

At the end of the day it is access to their files users want and if they get corrupted/deleted or just plain messed up they will be looking for you to get them back ASAP. You can build up how you protect your filesystems in layers, each giving you more protection and ease of restoration ...

How to Protect Active Directory

As I am sure you are aware for any Microsoft based system, Active Directory is at the heart of it, if this gets corrupted or you accidentally delete an object you need to get it back, or have a real issue on your hand. Active Directory is a replicated directory, and any Windows Server you ...

Migrate 2008 Hyper-V Cluster to a new Windows 2012 Hyper-V Cluster

I recently had a customer with a 2008 Hyper-V Cluster, who was wanting to start from scratch with a 2012 Hyper-V Cluster. The problem was that the 2008 Cluster was a mess, the networking was all over the shop, and the storage was coming from 4 different Storage Arrays. It had all been built in ...

Reset SSL Certificates on a VCentre Appliance

Setup a vCentre Appliance, VCSA, today and after initial config had to change the IP and Hostname. From the documentation, all I needed to do was goto the Admin Tab and Toggle the certificate settings to allow the┬áSSL┬áCertificate to be created with the new Hostname & IP, this didn’t work, but I did find someone ...