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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: High Availability and Recoverability

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Virtual Machine (VM) snapshots enable you to revert a VM to a previous state. A Hyper-V snapshot contains all the state information for a running host VM and use differencing disk AVHD files that reference the original VHD and the memory state if the VM is running. When considering a backup strategy for a Hyper-V environment, you must consider the host OS partition, the host data partitions containing the VMs, and the contents of each hosted VM. System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 is a streaming backup solution to offer continuous backup that’s part of the System Center suite of management tools. DPM remotely captures VSS images and streams them to a central disk repository. Hyper-V VM migrations are performed in System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Three basic migration types are available – network migration, quick migration and SAN migration. Live Migration is a new feature of Hyper-V R2. Live Migration avoids the downtime associated with other migration types by transferring the memory state over the network in real-time. This course describe how snapshots and backups enable VM recoverability to a previous good state. The various strategies exist to migrate a VM from one host to another, even with near zero downtime are also covered.

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The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V learning path is developed for system administrators who want to learn how to implement and manage Microsoft’s server virtualization technologies on their network. Individuals researching, implementing, or are currently responsible for virtualization. Anyone wishing to obtain the 70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization exam which is one of the qualifying exams for the MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Virtualization Configuration certification. Individuals with familiarity with; Windows networking, especially Active Directory Directory Services, modern storage technologies such as SAN, iSCSI, Fiber Channel, and Direct Attached Storage (DAS), and with Windows Server 2008 failover clustering.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: High Availability and Recoverability

  • identify the characteristics of a Hyper-V snapshot
  • describe Hyper-V snapshot management tasks
  • identify the considerations for Hyper-V backup strategies
  • create a backup policy in a particular scenario using Windows Server Backup cmdlets
  • identify the considerations for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
  • recognize DPM server requirements
  • identify considerations for basic VMM migration types
  • identify the features of cluster shared volumes (CSV)
  • identify how CSV simplifies clustering for Hyper-V VMs
  • identify processor feature considerations for migration
  • identify considerations for managing virtual server components
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