Altaro product updates and new forums

Product Updates

  • Altaro has just released a new version of their virtual machine (VM) backup solution for Hyper-V and VMware environments that now includes WAN-Optimized ReplicationAltaro VM Backup v8WAN-Optimized Replication permits a business to make an ongoing copy of its virtual machines (VMs) to a remote site and to switch to that copy with immediacy should anything go wrong with the live VMs, such as damage due to hurricanes, fires and flooding. Downtime is therefore reduced to no time at all. Some more info here and here.
  • They have now also launched Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPS! As Microsoft does not back up Office 365 subscriber data, Altaro’s new offering enables MSPs to provide their customers with robust, reliable mailbox backup and recovery services. Altaro Office 365 Backup for MSPs backs up mail items and their attachments, with backups taking place automatically several times per day to Altaro’s secure Microsoft Azure backup location. MSPs can manage and monitor the mailboxes they are handling per customer through a centralized, multi-tenant online management console. More info here and here.

Launch of Altaro Dojo Forums

 

Critical updates for S2D and Hyper-V

Microsoft released a new update for Windows Server 2016 (14393.2580) that fixes a bunch of critical issues in S2D and Hyper-V (FCI) environments:

  • Addresses an issue that depletes the storage space on a cluster-shared volume (CSV) because of a Hyper-V virtual hard disk (VHDX) expansion. As a result, a Virtual Machine (VM) might continue writing data to its disk until it becomes corrupted or stops working. The VM might also restart and then resume writing data until a corruption occurs.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs when using multiple Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V clusters. The following event appears in the log:

    “Cluster Shared Volume ‘CSVName’ (‘CSVName’) has entered a paused state because of ‘STATUS_USER_SESSION_DELETED(c0000203)’. All I/O will temporarily be queued until a path to the volume is reestablished.”

  • Addresses an issue that may cause the creation of a single node cluster or the addition of more nodes to a cluster to fail intermittently.
  • Addresses an issue that occurs when restarting a node after draining the node. Event ID 5120 appears in the log with a “STATUS_IO_TIMEOUT c00000b5” message. This may slow or stop input and output (I/O) to the VMs, and sometimes the nodes may drop out of cluster membership.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause the addition of nodes to fail intermittently after creating a single node in a Windows Server 2016 Cluster. The error code is, “0x0000001e”.

This update also resolves the following issues:

It’s highly recommended to apply the update as soon as possible.