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Hyper V 2012 VM replication and SharePoint 2013 support

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  • Please can you let me know if it is supported to use the Hyper V 2012 replication feature for SharePoint 2013 VMs? We would like to replicate our 2 WFEs and 2 Apps servers to our Hyper V platform in another datacentre across our 1 Gpbs link. Are there any gotchas we should know about?

    Thank you

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:38 PM

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  • SharePoint doesn't support replication, snapshots, saved states, or time sync.

    Trevor Seward

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    • Marked as answer by Lee_Mather Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:41 PM
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:21 PM
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  • Lee,

    Quoting "Mike_Andrews" here...
    "Hyper-V replication is not a function that targets specific servers,roles or applications. It replicates virtual machines from one Hyper-V host to another, making it possible to switch hosting server on demand, or have a cold version of the VM standing by in case of a host failure. It is not a DR or HA strategy, unless you choose to make it so. In Hyper-V terms, HA most usually means Hyper-V servers running in fail-over clusters, where a Hyper-V host goes down, the VMs hosted automatically gets brought up by another Hyper-V host. With Hyper-V replica this is not an automatic procedure, but must be triggered manually, and the VM will only be as current as the last replica."

    See these links


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    Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:53 PM
  • Hello Sudip,

    I have seen that and it doesnt really answer my question. I know some products such as config manager and exchange dont support Hyper V replica's, well they certainly didn't the last time i checked. Is there anything released from Microsoft specifically around SharePoint and Hyper V replication?

    Thank you

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:57 PM
  • SharePoint doesn't support replication, snapshots, saved states, or time sync.

    Trevor Seward

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    • Marked as answer by Lee_Mather Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:41 PM
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:21 PM
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  • Thanks Trevor, is there a link or anything i can take a look at from Microsoft that states specifically that the Hyper V replication isn't supported?

    Thank you

    Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:31 PM
  • Not specifically, but you can see in this article they talk about synchronization of the VMs, which isn't possible with replication/snapshots/etc.

    https://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/ff621103(v=office.15).aspx#ConfigServ


    Trevor Seward

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:34 PM
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  • Thanks Trevor for pitch in. It helps.

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:11 PM