How to: Hyper-V Replication for Immediate Disaster Recovery

In this article we show how to set up Hyper-V replication between two or more Hyper-V production servers, or from a production server to a backup server. In fact, any combination is possible. Each server could replicate its own VMs elsewhere. In case of a failure you could simply boot the VM on the backup […]

How to Delete Files in the Backup Folder

You may freely delete files and folders inside the backup folder. BackupChain backup software fills the gaps next time it runs However, there is one thing you need to watch when deleting: If you have backup files that use deduplication, they need to be deleted in groups. This does not apply to regular file backup, […]

Backup Software for QNAP, Buffalo, Drobo, and Synology NAS

Backup to, from, and between NAS Devices Backing up files to and from Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices is best done using a reliable backup software tool on a task schedule, so that it runs automatically at set intervals. Give this backup software a try and you’ll find it is perfect for QNAP, Buffalo, Drobo, […]

Alternatives to Acronis, Veeam, Backup Exec, and Microsoft DPM

There’s an Acronis alternative called BackupChain backup software, which is both reliable, and more affordable than Acronis and Veeam. BackupChain is part of the IT professional’s repertoire worldwide and has a rapidly growing fan base of more than 35,000 users. As an alternative to Backup Exec, Veeam, Microsoft DPM, and Acronis, BackupChain grew over the years to become the backup solution of […]

Hyper-V Cloud Backup

Hyper-V cloud backup doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out our secure, high-speed terabyte cloud hosting plans for Hyper-V and other services. Alternatively, you can set up your own private and secure cloud to back up your Hyper-V virtual machines using encryption and efficient deduplication (only changes are sent over the wire).   Among […]

Live Hyper-V Backup using Hyper-V VSS Writer: How Backup Works

Live backup of Hyper-V virtual machines may be done with or without the use of the Microsoft Hyper-V VSS Writer, which is part of the Hyper-V Role in Windows Server 2008 and later. The key integration element powering live backups in Windows is VSS, also called Volume Shadow Copy Service, which allows services and applications […]

Why You Shouldn’t Buy a NAS like Drobo, Synology, Buffalo, Netgear, QNap

  If you are planning to use your NAS device for Hyper-V or for backups, please read this article first before diving into further details. At BackupChain we have put together this article to describe some of the shortcomings of specific Network Attached Storage devices, such as: Drobo, Buffalo, Synology, Netgear, QNap, IOmega, IOSafe, Diskstation, ReadyNAS, let’s collectively call […]

Hyper-V Snapshot vs. Hyper-V Backup

A Hyper-V Snapshot, now called a Hyper-V Checkpoint beginning with Windows Server 2012, is a fundamentally different thing than a Hyper-V backup. Hyper-V backup software works similar to file server backup software but is specialized in how it handles virtual machine data. Hyper-V backups are used for disaster recovery and are hence full and portable […]