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  • Question for everyone, I am in a position now where I can start to build my Hyper-V infrastructure at work to replace the 4 servers that are currently in operation. 

    Am I better off installing Windows Server 2012, adding them to the current domain and maybe even making my 2 hosts DC's (so I can provide the network with DHCP and DNS) and then instal the Hyper-V role and building from it that way? Or should I just go with the core install (no gui)? 

    The reason why I ask is that I have installed the Hyper-V core on one server as a test and I have set the network settings and it wanted to use the DNS servers which are my current physical DC's servers (which obviously won't exist eventually) 

    My original plan was to build the Hyper-V Infrastructure, build 2 virtual servers and make them DC's (with dhcp and dns) and then I can decommission the 2 physical servers that do this job, but this will mean that the dns settings that I gave the core will be invalid.

    My end result is to have a 2 host hyper-v platform, running a bare minimum of 4 servers, I only need 1 sql server, 2 dc's, an application server and a file server. 

    Just not sure which is better to have the hyper-v core of server 2012 with hyper-v role.

    Monday, March 31, 2014 12:01 PM

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  • Do install other roles on a Hyper-V host.

    1. It is an unsupported configuration

    2. You lose any virtualization licensing rights for VMs provided by the host OS (2012 Standard = 2 VMs, 2012 Datacenter = unlimited VMs)

    Ideally, since you have 2 hosts, place one DC on each host, that way you always have a DNS and DC up if you need to take off a host.

    A core install is better for security, patching, and resources, but it is much more difficult to manage, it has no local GUI (without 3rd party tools)

    A full install gives you the full GUI for local administration, but you're adding overhead and more downtime for patching

    Also, consider the free Hyper-V Server 2012 as a possibility,  it just the hyper-v piece so its got the least footprint.

    Also, for future posts please use the proper forum for Hyper-V here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsserver/en-US/home?forum=winserverhyperv

    This forum is for the product Virtual Server 2005.

    Monday, March 31, 2014 6:52 PM