For the annual SearchServerVirtualization.com Thanksgiving Advisory Board question, the simple snapshot makes a repeat appearance for my Hyper-V feature I am most thankful for, but this time it is because of its new live merging capabilities in Hyper-V 3.0.
I am thankful for a Hyper-V 3.0 feature, but it’s not the flashier, increased number of virtual CPUs, the mammoth amounts of virtual machine (VM) memory, the concurrent Live Migration capabilities, or even the new VM replication feature.
Building on last year, I am thankful for the updated snapshot feature. The ability to roll back to a previous point in time after a botched application upgrade has always been a welcomed feature. But it came with a caveat: After you deleted a snapshot, you needed to shut down the VM to merge the AVHD file changes into the parent Virtual Hard Disk.
This requirement caused unwanted downtime for the application. Hyper-V 3.0 snapshots still provide the same valuable rollback method as before. But now the merging process happens live, without the necessary downtime. Thus, it eases the direct administrator interaction during application upgrades.
See the responses from the other Search Server Virtualization Advisory Board members here.