Hyper-V Dynamic Disk Pros and Cons

Dynamic disks in Hyper-V may be a bad choice under certain circumstances, especially for Hyper-V backup and for general performance reasons. First of all we need to distinguish between dynamic disks and dynamically expanding disks. Dynamically expanding disks are VHDX files that grow over time. Hyper-V uses them internally also for checkpoints  (a.k.a. snapshots) of […]

USB Disks and Hyper-V: How to Use, Pros and Cons

USB disks and other external disks can be used with Hyper-V in many different ways; some relate to Hyper-V backup to USB disk, some don’t: mounted directly as a disk inside the VM shared between host and guest VMs as host storage to hold Hyper-V VMs as a target Hyper-V backup drive Mounting USB Disk […]

Pros and Cons of Deduplication Technologies, VHDX, Hyper-V

Tremendous storage savings Data deduplication data basically means removing duplicate segments in data files; hence, deduplication is a form of data compression but it’s being used with a twist in various different ways.  Hyper-V backup software, for example, uses deduplication to achieve a dramatic reduction in backup storage usage by comparing the last backup of […]

How to Fix: Data error (cyclic redundancy check)

You may see the error Data error (cyclic redundancy check)   in the Windows Event Viewer or in the logs of your backup tool followed by a failure. When these errors refer to a disk drive, usually data errors and cyclic redundancy check errors are due to serious disk defects. It’s is strongly recommended to […]

How to Fix Event 1135 FailoverClustering: Cluster node was removed

The following two errors may show in the CSV node’s Event Viewer System logs: Event 1135 FailoverClustering Cluster node ‘NODE1’ was removed from the active failover cluster membership. The Cluster service on this node may have stopped. This could also be due to the node having lost communication with other active nodes in the failover […]

Carbonite vs. Acronis vs. BackupChain Cloud Backup Plans Review

Below is a comparison reviewing Carbonite vs. Acronis vs. BackupChain Cloud Backup plans (Pricing  as of May 8, 2015).   Carbonite   Acronis   BackupChain 1 TB   1 TB   1 TB $1,499.99 yearly  899.99 yearly  $479.99 yearly 2 TB    2 TB   2 TB $2,499.84 yearly  $1,699.99 yearly  $949.99 yearly BackupChain cloud backup plans are high-speed, server-grade offsite storage plans that integrate with […]

List of 12 Virtual Backup Software Vendors

Below is a list of 12 virtual backup software vendors. Some handle Hyper-V, some VMware, some both virtualization platforms. Of the 12 virtual backup software solution providers presented below, some offer physical backups and cloud backups as well. We leave comparing one virtual backup product versus the other to you, as there are many factors to consider, depending on […]