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Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager helps simplify the task of delivering service availability. For organizations with two or more datacenters looking to protect vital workloads running in their private cloud, Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager enables them to combine Windows Azure, System Center and Hyper-V Replica to deliver business continuity of workloads. Note Currently, the Hyper-V Recovery Manager feature is being offered as a limited customer preview to customers selected via an application process.

Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager provides:

Automated Protection:

Private clouds can be protected by automating the replication of the virtual machines that compose them at a secondary location. The ongoing asynchronous replication of each VM is provided by Windows Server Hyper-V Replica. All communications with Windows Azure is encrypted and limited to the System Center Virtual Machine Manager server in each datacenter.

Continuous Health Monitoring:

Service availability at the primary datacenter is monitored by Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager on an ongoing basis. Workload data is not transferred to Windows Azure.

Orchestrated Recovery:

The service helps automate the orderly recovery of services in the event of a site outage at the primary datacenter. Virtual machines are started in an orchestrated fashion to help restore service quickly. This process can also be used for testing recovery without disruption to services, or temporarily transferring services to the secondary location.





Leverage Hyper-V Replica to replicate changes Link to Hyper-V Replica Step-By-Step


Create Recovery Plan – Monitor Health – Step-By-Step…


Orchestration of recovery plan for VMs or services in the event of an outage


For a much more detailed step-by-step guide and video see:

Guided Hands-on Lab: Protect Private Clouds with Site-to-Site Failover using Windows Azure HRM


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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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