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Hyper-V Disaster Recovery and High Availability Solutions using DataKeeper

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As virtualization technology moves from a test and development role into the data center, the many benefits of virtualization bring with them a new problem that must be addressed – the hypervisor and the physical server on which it runs represent a single point of failure (SPOF). With multiple physical servers being replaced by Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V VMs running on a single physical server, that single physical server represents a SPOF for not only one server, but also all of the VMs hosted on that server. This is a classic “all your eggs in one basket” problem that could result in a catastrophic failure should the Hyper-V host server fail.

Fortunately, Microsoft has the answer in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering (WSFC). WSFC provides protection against both planned and un-planned downtime by including a Virtual Machine cluster resource type which automates the process of clustering Hyper-V VMs. Once the VM is clustered, any unexpected failure of the Host server…

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