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Jun 19 2013   3:59PM GMT

How to use Hyper-V Replica in Windows Server 2012

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In this article, we will look at another new feature in Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V Replica. First thing you need to know, it’s like sheep, in the sense that for the plural you don’t add an s on the end. I felt pretty foolish bandying about the term ‘hyper-v replicas’ only to be corrected by one of our Windows Server Instructors, so avoid my mistake and remember it’s always Replica, never Replicas.

Having laboured that point more than enough let’s move on to taking a look at what it is, put simply it’s a disaster recovery solution for virtual machines and comes retrofitted to every version of Windows Server 2012. Essentially the function creates a replica (hence the term) of a live Virtual Machine stored on a remote server, then in the event of any complications you can ‘failover’ to the replica and bring the virtualised workload back online. The system updates changes every 5 minutes so you’ll never be far behind.
Now you know what it is, we’ll teach you how to use it in the following handy infographic. The guide comes straight from our resident Windows Server expert Ed Baker and takes you through the following stages.

1. What you need to get started.
2. How to install the Hyper-V role and create a Replica
3. Repeat the above process for additional servers
4. Cover scenarios in which failover occurs

We’d love to get your feedback on the graphic and if there are other functions in Windows Server 2012 you’d like to familiarise yourself with. Why not drop us a comment?

About the Author: 

Ed Jones works for Firebrand Training heading up community engagement within the Marketing department. Ed spends his days thinking up topics for surveys, article titles and concepts for engaging infographics. You can check out a range of his most recent work via the Firebrand Press Page.

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