Windows Server 2012 introduces a new version of Hyper-V that represents a huge leap in both scalability and functionality, causing many organizations to re-evaluate their virtualization solution and implement Hyper-V. In this Technical Advisor, we examine general best practices related to the virtualization of services, such as the best place to perform backups, how you can use virtualization technologies such as snapshots as part of a testing environment, and when high availability and replication features of the hypervisor should be used and when they shouldn’t.

We also look at Hyper-V specific considerations, such as backing up the parent partition, using SMB file shares and Cluster Shared Volumes for virtual machine storage, the new ability to import virtual machines without having to first export them—which provides greater mobility—more options in disaster scenarios, and compatibility with public cloud services such as Windows Azure and other Hyper-V-based hosts. Readers of this paper will learn the key considerations for the right protection of a Hyper-V environment.