Microsoft released the free Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner 2.0 tool together with 32 page long guide.

Funny thing is that size of the document is almost twice as big as the tool. HVRCapacityPlanner.exe has only 476 KB.

The free tool’s wizard asks for a few things about your Hyper-V environment such server names or the Hyper-V Replica Broker CAP if you running Failover Cluster, the VMs to replicate and your estimated WAN bandwidth.

Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner 2.0

Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner 2.0

The Capacity Planner then calculates the impact of Hyper-V Replica on the hardware resources of your environment. You’ll learn how processors, memory, disk IOPS, storage, and network capacity are affected. Microsoft recommends to run the Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner on a regular basis.

According to Microsoft’s Virtualization blog version 2.0 has the following new features:

  • Support for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 in a single tool
  • Support for Extended Replication
  • Support for virtual disks placed on NTFS, CSVFS, and SMB shares
  • Monitoring of multiple standalone hosts simultaneously
  • Improved performance and scale – up to 100 VMs in parallel
  • Replica site input is optional – for those still in the planning stage of a DR strategy
  • Report improvements – e.g.: reporting the peak utilization of resources also
  • Improved guidance in documentation
  • Improved workflow and user experience

You can download the Hyper-V Replica Capacity Planner 2.0 here.


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