(Request for:) Best practices for setting up a new Windows Server 2012 r2 Hyper-V Virtualized AD DC RRS feed

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  • Could you please share your best practices for setting up a new Windows Server 2012 r2 Hyper-V Virtualized AD DC, that will be running on a new WinSrv 2012 r2 host server.   (This will be for a brand new network setup, new forest, domain, etc.)

    Specifically, your best practices regarding:

    the sizing of non virtual and virtual volumes/partitions/drives,  

    the use of sysvol, logs, & data volumes/drives on hosts & guests,

    RAID levels for the host and the guest(s),  

    IDE vs SCSI and drivers both non virtual and virtual and the booting there of,  

    disk caching settings on both host and guests.  

    Thanks so much for any information you can share.

    Friday, March 14, 2014 6:57 PM

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  • A bit of non essential additional info:

    We are small to midrange school district who, after close to 20 years on Novell networks, have decided to design and create a new Microsoft network and migrate all of our data and services over to the new infrastructure .   We are planning on rolling out 2012 r2 servers with as much Hyper-v virtualization as possible.

    During the last few weeks we have been able to find most of the information we need to undergo this project, and most of the information was pretty solid with little ambiguity, except for information regarding virtualizing the DCs, which as been a bit inconsistent.

    Yes, we have read all the documents that most of these posts tend point to, but found some, if not most are still are referring to performing this under Srvr 2008 r2, and haven’t really seen all that much on Srvr2012 r2.

    We have read these and others:

    Introduction to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Virtualization (Level 100), 

    Virtualized Domain Controller Technical Reference (Level 300),

    Virtualized Domain Controller Cloning Test Guidance for Application Vendors,

    Support for using Hyper-V Replica for virtualized domain controllers.

    Again, thanks for any information, best practices, cookie cutter or otherwise that you can share.


    Friday, March 14, 2014 6:57 PM
  • You'll have better luck here:

    That's the Hyper-V forum, this forum is for Virtual Server 2005.

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:03 AM
  • Thanks.  I really, really appreciate the tip.   Can't say I as feeling the love here. lol   ... Thanks again Steve.

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:13 PM