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Deduplication of Virtual Machine Backups in Hyper-V and VMware

Deduplication of backup storage is especially important in the case of virtual machine backups. Whether you're using Hyper-V Server VMs or VMware, optimized storage usage is of paramount import[...]

How to P2V for Hyper-V 2012 Using Disk2VHD in VHDX Format

This How-to guide shows the quick and easy steps required to convert a physical machine to a virtual machine (P2V) using Disk2VHD and use it on a Hyper-V Server 2012 (or Hyper-V Server 2008).[...]

Hyper-V Granular Backup vs. Hyper-V Full VHD Backup

The idea behind Hyper-V granular backups is to back up certain folders more often than the entire VM, for efficiency reasons. For example, you could back up a SQL database folder every hour via g[...]

Backup Hyper-V on USB External Hard Drive Pros and Cons

Backing up Hyper-V to an external hard drive using USB 2, FireWire or, USB 3 is an efficient way to protect your Hyper-V infrastructure. As with all methods and strategies, there are advant[...]

18 Hyper-V Requirements and Recommended Hardware

Microsoft loves to pretend you can install the latest operating system on the oldest PC junk sitting in your basement. Reality is, naturally, far away from Microsoft claims but we as IT pro[...]

Hyper-v Snapshot / Checkpoint vs Hyper-V Backup

If people knew how many brand new servers have hard drive failures, they wouldn't be able to sleep at night without knowing they have several backups of their critical data. Many times the crit[...]

Hyper-V Pass-through Disks: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Limitations

Hyper-V Pass-through Disks may be the key for better performance; however, they come with their own disadvantages and limitations, too. First of all the speed gain of using Hyper-V pass-thr[...]

File Date Repair Tool v1.0 Fixes Broken / Invalid Time Stamps

On some Linux-based network attached storage devices (NAS), such as Drobo, Synology, etc, some users reported invalid file time stamps. It appears there is a Linux bug in the file system causing th[...]

Hyper-V Block Size for NTFS: What's Recommended

Usually when we get this question the IT admin is concerned with Hyper-V performance.   Hyper-V and NTFS Block Sizes Explained Understanding the best NTFS cluster block[...]

How to Set up a Free NAS with NTFS for Backups and Hyper-V

Setting up a free network attached storage device (NAS) is actually very simple...and free! Forget about FreeNAS, you can get the great stuff from Microsoft for free, too. If all you need i[...]

Differential Backup Software Explained

Differential backup software is similar to incremental backup software, but usually uses a different reference than incremental backup software. Usually the term differential backup is used[...]

Incremental Backup Software Explained

Incremental backups are different from differential backups and full backups. Depending on the incremental backup software you may be using, it may mean two things: "I[...]

BackupChain v2.4.531 Released!

On April 4/4/2014 we released BackupChain v2.4.531 which contains bug fixes and major improvements for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Hyper-V backups. The download is available at: [...]

BackupChain Backup Software Rewards for MSPs and Users

New: BackupChain Rewards Program. Get Cash Back or a serious discount for creating a video, presentation, blog post, or article about BackupChain. Visit: http://backupchain.com/BackupChain-Reward[...]

Path Too Long? Try Delete Long Path File Freeware Tool DeleteLongPath™

Are you trying to delete a really deep folder and you're getting 'path too long errors'? This bug in Windows is annoying and almost exactly 20 years old! Use our tool De[...]

Volume Shadow Copy Error Diagnostic Freeware VssDiag

Checkout VssDiag, our new free VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) diagnostic tool: http://backupchain.com/VssDiag.html It scans and finds all relevant errors for you including Hyper-V[...]

BackupChain Reviews

Two new reviews were published on ms4u recently: BackupChain Review #1 BackupChain Review #2   There is a german BackupChain review available as well [...]

VSS Crash and Application Consistency for Hyper-V and VMware Backups

When a live backup is performed on a Windows host, BackupChain uses VSS, which is a Windows component, to send a signal to all VSS aware services to prepare for backup. Then, the opera[...]

How to Install Hyper-V on a Windows Server 2012 Machine

Great video showing how to install Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012:   [...]

What You Need to Know About Servers

You might be surprised to find that when you connect to and use the internet, your computer is constantly talking with servers somewhere in the world. Any content you view or download from the inte[...]

What is Granular Restore and How to Use it for Hyper-V Guest Recovery?

Granular Restore is a recovery module being used after a backup for a Hyper-V server has been completed. In contrast to full virtual machine recoveries, this operation allows prompt access [...]

Things to Consider: General Characteristics of CSV

You cannot back up VMs running on another node, even if they share the same storage on a SAN. Application consistent backups require backup software to run locally on the node that hosts th[...]

Things to Consider:Cluster Shared Volumes

Cluster Shared Volume backups are fully supported in BackupChain Server Edition and Server Enterprise Edition. It is recommended to limit read and write I/O speeds or to use separate networ[...]

How to use Automated, Single-Click Hyper-V Backup

The automated Single Click Backup & Restore feature for Hyper-V reduces the effort and takes care of all the steps outlined in the previous section. Start with the Backup Wizard: [...]

How to Restore a File Based Backup of Hyper-V

To restore a Hyper-V virtual machine using the standard file restore process, select the backup task from the Backup Task List (unless restoring on a new machine) and select Restore from the main m[...]

How to Create A File-based Backup of Hyper-V

The file-based approach is not recommended unless you are an advanced user. It is not recommended for cluster shared volumes. Most users should use the Automatic Hyper-V Backup feature instead, see[...]

How to Backup and Restore Hyper-V Virtual Machine

Hyper-V virtual machines may be backed up using two different methods. One method is to back up Hyper-V’s files and folders manually. BackupChain also offers a fully automatic[...]

How to use Granular Restore to Extract Individual Files from Virtual Machine Backups

Limitations may apply, see previous section. You cannot use this feature on ZIP files. It works on deduplicated backups (FastNeuronDelta files) and plain files (VHD, VHDX, VMDK, VDI). You cannot us[...]

How to Configure a Hyper-V Granular Backup

Granular Backups have been discussed already in other sections. This is a short walkthrough and applies to all virtualization platforms, such as Hyper-V, VirtalBox, VMware Server, VMware Workstatio[...]

How to Back up Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Microsoft SQL Server Database Backup There are two ways to back up SQL Server database. One way to use a VSS-powered hot copy of the database files (MDF, LDF, etc.). Alternatively, you can [...]

How to Reduce Risks of Data Loss

How to Reduce Risks of Data Loss Naturally the main function of backup software is to prevent data loss as much as possible. You need to have a good sense of all common risks of data loss[...]

How to Install Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 / 2008 R2

Installing Microsoft's Hyper-V Server is free and quite straightforward.   First you need to have a spare physical computer. Then, download the latest Hyper-V Serv[...]