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The Replica Broker: 20+ Days of Server Virtualization (Part 15)

FREE Hyper-V Server also supports Hyper-V ReplicaBack in October of last year, in Part 5 of our “31 Days of our Favorite Things” series, I wrote about Hyper-V Replica.  “With Hyper-V Replica you can easily create and maintain an off-line copy – a replica – of a virtual machine on a separate virtualization host.  This means, for example, that if your main location or host for an important virtual machine goes down becomes unavailable, you can easily fail-over to the replica.”

“Is it necessary to use quotes if you’re just quoting yourself?”

I don’t know.  Better safe than sorry.  I don’t want to get into trouble with myself.

Anyway, when using Hyper-V Replica capability in a clustered set of virtualization hosts, there is an additional consideration: Where does the replica come from?  Where does it go to?

What I mean is – a set of virtual machines running on clustered hosts could be running on any of those hosts at any given time.  So how do I refer to the cluster, whether as the source or destination of the replication, as an individual entity?

The answer: The Replica Broker.

In part 15 of our “20+ Days of Server Virtualization”, my friend Yung Chou gives us a great rundown of what the Replica Broker is, what it does, and how to configure it for using Hyper-V Replica in a clustered environment.


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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.