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Hyper-V Differencing Disks for SQL Server Database Copies

 Have you spent too many hours providing your development group(s) with a copy of your production databases? Do you face challenges managing a complex process to get those copies up and running? Today I will cover a method of copying your production data in your development environment in a quick and space efficient manner using Hyper-V parent and differencing disks. Here’s the process that is involved at a high level: Creating the parent disk containing the databases Create a VHDX disk in Hyper-V that will act as the parent disk and attach it to a VM running SQL Server Restore the desired databases from your production data using the backup solution of your choice; Altaro VM Backup would be a good choice and SQL Server native backup/restore will work fine as well. Perform any operations on your master databases that would be applicable to all your development or test environments Detach the databases from… Read More»

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How To Change the Default VHD Location in Hyper-V

By default, Hyper-V will store newly created virtual hard disks to C:UsersPublicDocumentsHyper-VVirtual Hard Disks. It’s not an intuitive path name to recall and most administrators will want to use a dedicated volume for the management operating system and at least one separate volume to contain virtual machines. Fortunately, the default can be very easily modified.

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How To Attach an Existing Virtual Disk in Hyper-V

Virtual hard disks are usually created along with their owning virtual machines or, when a disk new is needed for an existing virtual machine, directly from the VM’s property sheet. There are times when you’ll want to connect an existing virtual disk, though. This post explains how to attach an existing virtual disk to a vm using Hyper-V Manager

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How To Change a VM’s Checkpoint Location in Hyper-V

By default, the checkpoint files for any given Hyper-V virtual machine are stored in a Snapshots sub-folder of its primary containing folder. “Snapshots” is what checkpoints were called in earlier versions, but the folder naming and some other elements have not yet been updated to match.

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How To Install Integration Services in Hyper-V

Part of our reality is maintaining older guest operating systems on our hypervisors. One of the main issues that come along with that is maintenance of Hyper-V’s Integration Services. Eric shows us how to Install integration components in Hyper-V in this post!

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How To Enable and Disable Integration Services in Hyper-V

By now, you’ve likely heard variations of the term “enlightened” used in conjunction with virtual machines. This term, and its relatives, mean that the virtual machine has some capability to directly interact with the hypervisor. The benefits are an enhanced experience, often related to performance.The basic enlightments are standard driver packs, the Integration Services require a little something more. This post will explain how to enable and disable the Integration Services.

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