Axcient has supported virtualizing an x360Recover appliance or vault on VMware for a long time, and many partners have asked if virtualization could also be supported under Hyper-V as well.
The original sticking point was that Hyper-V did not support nested virtualization within a guest VM. This made it impossible to (a) perform nightly boot check verification or (b) instantly recover protected systems by virtualizing them on the appliance.
Now that more modern versions of Hyper-V support nested virtualization, it is possible to support x360Recover running as a guest VM on Hyper-V.
How to deploy x360Recover as a Hyper-V guest VM
Minimum requirements to run as a guest on Hyper-V
Hyper-V host requirements
The Hyper-V host must support nested virtualization. This is to allow for boot VM checks and instant virtualization for recovery.
Nested virtualization requires either
- Windows Server 2016 or newer operating system
- Intel processor with VT-x and EPT technology
- Windows Server 2022
- AMD EPYC/Ryzen processor or later
Guest VM requirements
The guest VM should be configured with a minimum of 12GB RAM (Preferably more)
The guest VM should have at least 2 CPU cores assigned
The guest VM should be configured as Generation-2 (EFI-BIOS)
We recommend that Secure Boot should be disabled for the Guest VM
Linux integration services for Hyper-V are natively built-in to Ubuntu distributions 14.04 LTS and higher.
For additional caveats and specific restrictions of running Linux virtual machines on various versions of Microsoft Hyper-V, refer to the Microsoft documentation here:Delete
1. Create a new guest virtual machine
STEP 1. Download the x360Recover installation media from the Axcient download page at https://help.axcient.com/General-Axcient-Information/downloads/
STEP 2. Save the x360Recover installation media in a location accessible from the Hyper-V host.
STEP 3. Open Hyper-V Manager.
STEP 4. Right-click on the host from the left pane and select New->Virtual Machine
The New Virtual Machine Wizard opens.
Click Next to continue.
STEP 5. On the Specify Name and Location screen, enter a name for the guest VM and click Next to continue.
STEP 6. On the Specify Generation screen, select Generation 2 and click Next to continue.
STEP 7. On the Assign Memory screen, specify the desired memory settings and click Next to continue.
Note: We do not recommend enabling the Use Dynamic Memory for this virtual machine option. Do not check that box.
STEP 8. On the Configure Networking screen, select your default virtual network and click Next to continue.
Note: You can configure additional networks later, if desired.
STEP 9. On the Connect Virtual Hard Disk screen, specify the settings needed to create a virtual hard disk for the x360Recover operating system volume.
We recommend the default size, which creates a 127 GB volume.
(The data volumes for the storage pool will be added later in this process.)
STEP 10. On the Installation Options screen, select Install an operating system from a bootable media image and browse to select the x360Recover installation media.
Click Next to continue.
STEP 11. Review the summary and click Finish when all desired settings are completed.
2. Configure a new guest virtual machineDelete
3. Add a second data disk (Optional, but recommended)Delete
4. Enable nested virtualization
To enable nested virtualization, open Windows PowerShell and enter the following command-line:
Set-VMProcessor -VMName <VMName> -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true
The VM is now ready to install the x360Recover operating system.
Install the x360Recover operating system
Return to Hyper-V Manager.
- Right-click the desired guest VM and click Connect.
- The Virtual Machine Connection console will open.
- Click the Power On button in the toolbar to boot the VM.
At the boot installer menu, select Standard x360Recover Install.
Choosing this selection will install only the operating system onto the boot volume and use separate disk volume(s) for the storage pool.
Wait for the installer to load.
From the Installation Type screen, select Erase disk and install Replibit.
From the Erase disk and install Replibit screen, select the correct disk volume to be used for the operating system install. (Typically, the correct selection is SDA.)
Click Install Now to proceed.
Wait for the installation to complete.
After the installation is completed, click Restart Now to reboot the device.
Return to Hyper-V Manager.
- Right-click the guest VM and select Settings.
- On the Settings screen, locate the attached virtual ISO image and click Remove to remove it from the VM.
- Click OK to continue.
Next Steps: Set up the device and prepare for first login
To complete the configuration and perform the first-time login to the new appliance, refer to Appliance setup and first-time login for x360Recover
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