Archive for 2013

BackupChain Reviews

Two reviews were published on ms4u (Lai Yoong Seng, Microsoft MVP Hyper-V): BackupChain Review #1 BackupChain Review #2   There is a german BackupChain review available as well Please also have a look at our User Testimonials and Notable Client List!

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 operating system itself also prepares for backup and flushes all caches to disk. Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Hyper-V and VMware also also […]

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 internet comes from a server somewhere that hosts it. Servers are similar to normal computers, except that their sole purpose is […]

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

Note: This page uses Hyper-V as an example; however, Granular Restore works for VMware and VirtualBox as well. 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 to backed up files that reside inside […]

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 the VM. Windows Server 2008 and R2 Specifics You may only run one backup across all nodes of an entire cluster shared […]

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 network adapters for backup traffic, in order to keep the server network balanced. You may need to use the domain administrator account for your iSCSI provider […]

Automatic Hyper-V Backup on a Schedule

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: Create a new Hyper-V Backup task: Select Automatic Hyper-V Backup and turn on CSV mode in case you are using cluster shared volumes: Then, select […]

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 menu. Proceed with Restore Files and Folders: Then you need to fill in the details about the backup location. This information is […]

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