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    I have a small network. I am playing around with Hyper-V...just for learning purposes. I was going to implement some virtual servers. My question is about design considerations/best practice. Is it OK to have a virtual AD server? What I am looking at doing is having a virtual AD machine and two other virtual machines for other services. And then, clustering this with another machine setup the same way. Is this acceptable?

    Thanks,

    Mike

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    Re: Design Question

    Is the virtual DC going to be your only DC?

    Can't help with the clustering question as I have never setup a VM cluster. If you only have a small network, why would you consider this?
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    • #3
      Re: Design Question

      The virtual DC will be the only DC....I could do two virtuals for redundancy.

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      • #4
        Re: Design Question

        As long as the host is not a domain member, that is OK, otherwise the host will wait for a DC on startup, and said DC will not start until the host is up!

        What are you clustering -- physical hosts (requires a domain therefore a physical DC, IIRC) or VMs -- which can be done easily as a training environment
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        • #5
          Re: Design Question

          If you are talking about two physical hosts for clustering, do some research on Cluster Shared Volumes for Windows 2008 R2 Hyper-V. You could also consider setting certain VMs to start up automatically should both ever be powered off or leave it to be a manual process.
          Last edited by Virtual; 17th November 2011, 08:52.

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          • #6
            Re: Design Question

            Here is what I had in mind. Let me know if this is acceptable or point me in the right direction.

            Physical host 1: 3 virtual machines - one AD DC, one exchange server, one for file and print server and a few other small services.

            Physical host 2: Looks just like physical host 1.

            Cluster like servers between the physical hosts

            Physical host 3: used for data stores

            Again, I am just learning.....so if this is ate up....please let me know.

            Mike

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            • #7
              Re: Design Question

              sounds pretty ok. Just remember not to make the HyperV hosts domain members...
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              • #8
                Re: Design Question

                Have fun with the PDC Emulator and time synchronisations.
                Physical to External Time Server then Virtual to Physical.
                1 1 was a racehorse.
                2 2 was 1 2.
                1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                2 2 1 1 2

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