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Guided Lab: Capacity Planning for Disaster Recovery with Hyper-V

New planning tool recommends host and network capacity

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:

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:

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!

- Keith

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More Stories By Keith Mayer

Keith Mayer is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 17 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT professionals worldwide on the design and implementation of enterprise technology solutions.

Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.

Keith is the author of the IT Pros ROCK! Blog on Microsoft TechNet, voted as one of the Top 50 "Must Read" IT Blogs.

Keith also manages the Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Challenge - a FREE online study group for IT Pros interested in studying and preparing for certification on Windows Server 2012. Join us and become the next "Early Expert"!