Hyper-V best practices

While making a Hyper-V/SCVMM design for one of our customers I was doing some research on the internet for Hyper-V and SCVMM best practices. I have to conclude there are not many usefull documents describing which design options are available, and what the pro’s and con’s are.

This post gives an overview of some of the usefull documents and websites:

Best Practices for Deploying Virtual Machines by Using Hyper-V Virtualization Technology http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd578346.aspx

How Microsoft Designs the Virtualization Host and Network Infrastructure http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc974012.aspx

What about the Hyper-V servers? Should they be member of a domain or member of a workgroup? What if they are domain members, where shoud the domain controller be installed on?

Be sure when using Windows Server 2008 R2 core edition on clustered servers to have a physical domain controller and DNS server, or place your DC/DNS on a virtual server outside the cluster. Otherwise you might not be able to boot your cluster nodes if they were shutdown for some reason!

See Be Sure to Plan Carefully When Virtualizing Your Infrastructure

Virtual PC Guy’s WebLog The Domain Controller Dilemma http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/archive/2008/11/24/the-domain-controller-dilemma.aspx

Hyper-V security Guide http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=2220624b-a562-4e79-aa69-a7b3dffdd090&displaylang=en

Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide http://www.microsoft.com/Downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=5da4058e-72cc-4b8d-bbb1-5e16a136ef42&displaylang=en

Dell Networking Solutions Guide for Hyper-V is a really good guide explaining networking in Hyper-V http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/software/hyperv/en/nsg/nsga00.pdf

Considerations when hosting Active Directory domain controller in virtual hosting environments

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;888794

Best Practices to Implement Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 on HP ProLiant Servers (Part 2)  http://hyper-v.nu/blogs/hans/?p=101

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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