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Free Hyper-v 2012 environment – that’s right,  FREE as in  free  beer!

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I’ve migrated my home gear and labs from a 1/2 size rack to a single shelf.

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I won’t bore you with the details of moving from FreeNAS and ESXi to Netgear ReadyNAS and Windows 2012
Hyper-v free,  but here’s the ingredients :

NETGEAR ReadyNAS 3xx
2x Gigabyte BRIX (with Dlink usb gigabit Ethernet adapters)
Windows 2012 Hyper-v Free (now running and tested with the built-in continuous replication and failover,  no domain)
Dual Server (Dns and DHCP with full replication and redundancy)
Poweshell Hyper-v Manager (PSHVM30)
NTP(4.2.8)
TheDude(Microtik)
DeltaCopy(Rsync capability for backups and non-vm replication)
Corefig 1.1.3
5nine Hyper-v manager (release 6.1)

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This amounts to a fairly bullet proof set-up ( I also have two separate adsl lines with their own modems in bridged mode,  controlled via my Pfsense virtual firewall)

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