|By Keith Mayer||
|May 25, 2013 03:00 PM EDT||
Hyper-V Replica is our included asynchronous site-to-site VM replication capability for Windows Server 2012 and our free Hyper-V Server 2012 bare-metal enterprise-grade hypervisor. Using Hyper-V Replica, you can quickly implement a cost-effective disaster recovery plan for your business critical VMs without the high costs involved in traditional DR solutions – you just need a Hyper-V host and/or cluster at each site and an IP WAN or Internet connection between them. No expensive shared storage or extra licenses are required!
In this article, you’ll walk through a Guided Hands-on Lab for planning host and network capacity for Hyper-V Replica using our new Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica tool.
Not Yet Familiar with Hyper-V Replica?
For a quick primer on implementing and using Hyper-V Replica, check out these articles:
- Hyper-V Replica Overview from TechNet Library
- Step-by-Step: Configuring & Using Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 by Kevin Remde
- Step-by-Step: Automated Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V Replica and PowerShell 3.0 by Keith Mayer
- Step-by-Step: Planning RPO and WAN Bandwidth for Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012 by Tommy Patterson
How Much Host and Network Capacity Do I Need?
When evaluating Hyper-V Replica, we need to plan for additional host and network capacity to ensure that ongoing replication is able to successfully communicate changes to our replicated VMs at our DR site. Recently, we released a free Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica to assist in planning for the capacity needed in VM replication scenarios. After downloading and running this tool, a comprehensive report is prepared that shows CPU, RAM, Disk and Network capacity needed to successfully support your specific configuration and environment.
Here's a sample of the completed report ( Click on the image to open the full report ):
Sample Report: Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner Report
Guided Lab Exercises
In this Guided Lab, you’ll complete the following tasks using the Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica:
- Select Primary and Replica Hyper-V Replica hosts and/or Clusters
- Configure an estimated amount of Total WAN Bandwidth
- Select the specific VMs to be consider for replication
- Review the generated report for specific guidance and recommendations on host and network capacity
Estimated Time to Complete: 10 minutes
Let’s Get Started!
To launch this Guided Lab Scenario, click the Play button in the window below.
Guided Lab Scenario: Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica
Guided Lab Tips:
- After launching the lab in the window above, you may wish to also click the Show Full Screen button in the lower right portion of the window for best viewing.
- The lab captions can be moved by clicking/dragging if they obscure a portion of your Guided Lab window, particularly when using lower screen resolutions.
Completed! How can I get started with Hyper-V Replica?
To get started with building your Hyper-V Replica lab, you’ll need to install and configure a minimum of two host or host clusters running either Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or our completely FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 bare-metal enterprise-grade hypervisor. Below, I’ve included a list of resources to help you get started:
- DOWNLOAD: Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Kit with Windows Server 2012
- DOWNLOAD: FREE Hyper-V Server 2012
- BUILD: Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Hosts with the “Early Experts” Virtualizer Quest
- BUILD: Hyper-V Server 2012 Host
- CONFIGURE: Hyper-V Replica using Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Manager by Kevin Remde
- CLUSTER: Build a FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 Host Cluster
- CLUSTER: Configure Hyper-V Replica Broker in a Cluster by Yung Chou
Are you ready for cost-effective Disaster Recovery?
Are you planning for a unique or interesting DR scenario with Hyper-V Replica? Share you thoughts, feedback and questions below!
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