• Sorry I didn’t get into the debate earlier. I did a test with clonezilla and worked fine restoring the whole drive encrypted with Bitlocker

  • I think I am not making myself understand.

    Of course I am not expecting file based backups to work offline with Bitlocker enabled. What I mean is that I want to be abre to backup a whole drive sector by sector and be able to restore the data on the same laptop in case of DR. I assume I would use same bitlocker password all the time.

    In case of drive breaks I want to be able to buy a new drive and restore the whole drive sector by sector.

    I tried live CD from Acronis and it didn’t work even unlocking (not disabling) bitlocker as mentioned on their docs.

    I am going to try clonezilla and I wanted to know experiences from people here.

    I hope now I make myself more clear of the assumptions I know and what I try to accomplish here.

  • Thanks for answering so quickly.

    I know all that. I was assuming that I could backup sector by sector as DR backup. Clonezilla claims it can do it.

    Of course I am working on testing DR and a procedure before going on production.

    I was just giving the whole picture and try to generate a debate and get some inputs.

    Regenerating bitlocker passwords for DR every month or quarter I find it a little bit time consuming and error prompt


  • Hi,

    I have a Windows 10 laptop with C drive encrypted using bitlocker.

    I need to perform regular backups onto an USB drive. I need two things:

    – granular file backups. I suspect using built-in windows backup tool since for online backups the data is accessible.

    – Disaster recovery backup. This part is the cumbersome part since I am finding that tools like Acronis need to disable bitlocker before performing a DR backup. This is far from ideal because that means to regenerate bilocker recovery passwords.

    Any experiences?



  • Hi!

    I am building a Windows 2016 Server lab in a spare server with Hyper-V using evaluation center ISOs. I am playing around with DSC and automating my home lab building. I tried AutomatedLab and other tools but they don´t work for Spanish ISOs.

    A couple of questions:

    • Any way to stream line Latest updates in the ISO? Also, given an unattend.xml how can automate building a sysprepped virtual machine with Windows Server 2016?
    • I am thinking of building servers with the Core versions so I can keep memory usage low. I consider to install a VM with a GUI so I can manage Hyper-V and servers remotely. The problem is that this spare server can´t be online. I have downloaded Windows 10 LTSC but RSAT tools are in a separate ISO which I can´t find for this evaluation center W10 LSTC ISO. What is the best approach for offline RSAT installations? Is it better to install a Windows Server 2016 with GUI instead?



  • Well, I have spent more than a week trying to set up the free Starwind tool. It´s a nightmare to configure. I ended up having a broken configuration and removing the tool in the hyper-v server core

    I am trying to configure a server core 2016 with iSCSI Target Server feature on to see if it´s much easier to setup. I tried to install the FS-iscsitarget-server feature on the Hyper-V server core 2016 but apparently it´s not included (fs-fileserver is, though)

    Any other free and easier alternative to Starwind?

  • Yes, I have a laptop running Windows 10 and I enable nested virtualization with Hyper-V 2016 core. In each of those Hyper-V guest hyper-V hosts I have installed Starwind Free as you suggested.

    My main idea is to test a DC, CA, Exchange and probably SQL Server and Sharepoint. The cluster tests are only related to a Backup tool that I am testing that has a Hyper-V cluster agent  so that´s why I don´t need something very complicated. Maybe in the future I will need other stuff related to hyper-V clusters, but I don´t foresee any for the time being.

    One of the benefits I have seen so far is that I have never used hyper-V core versions before and I find them very easily to manage and with the great benefit of a low footprint.

  • Thanks! I figured it out myself using the powershell scripts Create_HA.ps1 that come with the tool

  • Just wondering. Would it be an alternative to use VHD sets instead of using Starwind? Will I miss any feature? I am just trying to build a laptop lab and I don´t want to overcomplicate things. I see Starwind free installation is a little bit cumbersome. In fact after playing around a bit I managed to create modifying the createHa_2.ps1 file a disk shared in the cluster but I did something wrong because one of the two servers see the disk and the other sees the disk as read-only.


  • yes! It  worked like a charm! It made totally sense…I don´t know why I didn´t figure it out 🙂

  • I am building a laptop lab with nested Hyper-V.  I have Windows 10 on my laptop and I am using Hyper-V 2016 Core free for the nested Hyper-V.

    I have a DC and two guest Hyper-V servers which will be a cluster. I have installed a VM on one of the Hyper-V guests and of course I can’t ping to the DC from this machine.

    I have enabled MAC spoofing and created an internal switch. DC and Hyper-V guests have internet access through the internal switch and can ping each other.

    I have googled around and I can’t find any tutorial that explains this part. I want to keep it as simple as I can.

  • Nice! I have installed a Hyper-V 2016 Core server and i can manage it from my Windows 10 laptop.

    I have installed the StarWinds console on my laptop but when I connect to the hyper-v host It says the free license doesn´t support GUI (I used the same license key that I got from my free download).

    On the manual you have sent me it says I can connect from a Starwinds console. Do you have any idea of how to solve this?


  • Because I thought that it was a way to standardize all environments (testing on my laptop, preproduction and production) so I would have everything aligned.

    I thought of going closer to the new devops trends and although I consider Ansible, Puppet or Chef, I found out that DSC might be a good choice.

    If you have other suggestions or any reason why I shouldn´t use DSC, I am all ears 🙂

  • I am trying to set up a virtual lab in my laptop with Hyper-V. After googling around and read many documentation I see that Microsoft has a tool called DSC to align installs of Windows Server.

    I have found many tools built on top of DSC (AutomatedLab, Ps-Auto-Lab) which are powershell modules that work fine in English evaluation ISOs but not with Spanish ones. In the end I decided to learn how to use DSC without any extra tool and define my MOF files but I have a hard time to:

    • Find any examples of how to inject MOF files for creating virtual machines automatically.
    • Find any example of how to retrieve easily just one time the configuration from an existing server so I can have a MOF file to start with and not to start from scratch.

    Any guidance?

  • Hi,

    I am trying to set up a virtual lab in my laptop with nested virtualization. To emulate my production environment, I am interested in testing a nested Hyper-V cluster. I don’t really need live migration now, but actually I am doing this to check my backup application against a Hyper-V cluster.

    Some people say to use a virtual SAN from Solarwinds but their trial is only for 60 days and I am planning to create back and forth my test lab.

    Apparently vhdx can be shared via SMB and shown as CSV to the Hyper-V hosts but I can’t find any tutorial to do so.

    Any guidance?

  • Thank you for getting back! We haven´t turned on the servers yet. Hopefully everything will go fine as you said 🙂

  • Many thanks for answering so quickly!

    The issue here is that the OU will get back to the domain after 2-3 months, so creating a different domain and make them to trust each other is not on the table.

    The issue here is that the servers are being relocated to a new site that has to be finished. We are thinking of two choices here:

    • Keep the machines turned off until the OU can be connected and restore trust.
    • Turn them on (that´s why the question arised) as soon as we are able to have the new data center ready even when IS NOT connected to the rest of the OUs of our domain. The idea is to turn them on from time to time to apply manually WSUS updates.

    From my point of view I´d choose the first option but we are pondering the benefits of installing critical updates, that´s when we think of the second choice and its drawbacks.

    Does it make sense now?


  • For various reasons a OU branch with a DC has to be disconnected from the rest of the forest and keep it isolated (without Internet connection)

    We know the implications of losing the trust between the DC of this branch and the rest of DCs. However, I would like to know a couple of things:

    – Does this have any other implications for the branch to keep on working for let´s say 2-3 months? All local hyper-v and virtual machines will keep on working? Can we update manually uploading to the local WSUS Server all Windows updates?

    – What would be the procedure to bring this branch back to the forest? Restore the trust first of the DC to the rest of DCs? Will that restore the trust for each server within the OU or we do have to do it manually for each server?

    Anything else we should take into account?

    I have searched around but I haven´t found anything relevant



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