With Hyper-V Replica as one of the most talked about features in Hyper-V 3.0, you might be wondering if it lives up to the hype.
Touted as a way for administrators to ease disaster recovery planning, Hyper-V Replica is a free tool that creates copies of virtual machines. Experts agree that it won't fit the needs of large enterprises, but for small to medium-sized enterprises, administrators will want to get their hands on the capability.
We compiled the best tips and news from our contributors to help answer all of your Hyper-V Replica questions. We included everything from detailed instructions for using it to system requirement changes that help administrators reach high availability. Plus, find out how VARs can generate revenue from this free tool.
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Replica took center stage at WPC
The public was introduced to Hyper-V Replica last year as one of the new features in Windows 8. Microsoft focused on customer savings and the potential profit it could bring to partners.
VM replication tool for budget-tightening IT shops
What types of businesses will benefit most by using Hyper-V Replica and what are the requirements administrators should meet before using it? Our expert explains, and details replicating VMs with the tool.
into Hyper-V 3.0's extensible switch, Replica using PowerShell
A major advantage of using Hyper-V Replica is having no more need for shared storage when copying VMs. Service interruptions become a thing of the past, and users don't notice a difference when working on a VM as it replicates.
Replica as a DR selling point for SMBs
VARs can help their business grow with Hyper-V Replica. Consulting services, offsite VM replication and maintenance contracts are just some of the ways to start making a profitable business.
isn't the only new feature; check out Hyper-V 3.0's high availability and redundancy
Increased protection against failure is possible with Hyper-V 3.0 tools. Two features, redundancy and predictive failure analysis, help administrators move closer to achieving high availability.
This was first published in August 2012