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  • 2008 only virtualizer or also DC ?

    Hi,
    I will describe here my new problem.

    School with 2 subnets :

    Subnet A with +- 15 client (WinXP & Win2K) for accounting with 172.16.x.x

    There is an Active directory based on an old SBS2003 server (single DC)
    that runs also 2 legacy server applications for school management.
    None of the special functions of SBS (SQL, exchange, fax, ...) is truely necessary
    but AD : it would be sufficient a simple Win2003 standard server.

    subnet B with +. 150 client (WinXP & Win7) for laboratories, students and teachers
    with 192.168.0.x

    There is a firewall hardware protecting the entire net

    Everything is running fine !

    Now we have a new proliant ML 110 G7 with 16 GBytes of ram
    and a license for Win 2008 R2 both standard and enterprise.

    I would prefer to run 2 legacy server applications on the same
    ambient (Win2K3) where I am sure to work fine; I am not sure
    about running under Win2008 R2 !

    I must install and configure this new machine
    and prepare everything for shutdown of SBS2003 server
    and relocating everything on proliant server.

    I think to virtualize Win2K3 in 2008R2, install AD, DC
    and legacy applications in Win2K3.

    Question 1
    Can I manage this Win2K3 exactly as it would be a physical server ?

    Question 2
    How can I move AD and single DC functions from old SBS2003 to new Win2K3 ?

    Question 3
    How can I manage Win2008 R2 : only as a "virtualizer machine" or as
    a true DC with same AD of Win2K3 virtualized and, in this event,
    how can I do this for best results ?

    What do you think about this all ?

    Thank you for your valuable time.

  • #2
    Re: 2008 only virtualizer or also DC ?

    Q1) Virtual servers are managed exactly as you would a physical server (but only remotely!)
    Q2) is your friend http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=sbs...w=1443&bih=859

    Q3) MS licensing says HyperV is the only role you should install if you are using the extra "virtual" licenses. It is preferred not to use a DC as a HyperV server (nothing actually stopping you doing it, but bad security). Also if your HyperV machine is a domain member, you need at least one physical DC to boot first
    Tom Jones
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    • #3
      Re: 2008 only virtualizer or also DC ?

      I have another different question.

      This new proliant has a good SmartStart DVD
      (now also on this entry level model !)
      with the option to recover the hardware to an initial state.

      I think I may have 3-4 days of this new proliant server free for my test.
      I'd like to test vmware architecture.
      What could i do to test vmware ?
      Download and install EXSi 5.0 or something other ?
      What would you do with this hardware ?

      Thank you another time.

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      • #4
        Re: 2008 only virtualizer or also DC ?

        Thank you Ossian.

        You mean that I have a problem !
        I will not have a second DC in the next future when old SBS2003 will be removed.

        I have thought to have 2008 r2 as first DC (physical DC) and W2K3 virtualized as a second DC.
        What do you mean as "bad security" ?

        Thank you.

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