How do you do....it? Thread, Virtual DC on a single Hyper V Host in Technical; Hi
Im taking over some primaries, doing new domains etc with new server hardware as they are massively behind (one ...
12th February 2014, 12:14 PM #1
Virtual DC on a single Hyper V Host
Im taking over some primaries, doing new domains etc with new server hardware as they are massively behind (one doesn't even have a domain)
I am going down the route of having the physical server just being a PDC and HyperV Host. I do windows server backups of the bare metal states, and so back up the AD that way.
However, I am wondering if it is worth virtualising a DC - in the hope that if the physical server was to fail, my VEEAM backups of all VMs, including the BDC VM could be restored to an alternative server with ease and, because the BDC would exist, the entire network could then be brought back up quickly and easily on a plain server OS with no links to the domain?
12th February 2014, 12:30 PM #2
Yep. I would not join the HyperV host to the domain either - keep it as a standalone (I am not a fan of tying in HyperV or Vmware hosts by joining the domain when virtual machines that are actually running on them are the domain controllers). It's added complexity for no good reason as far as I can see.
12th February 2014, 12:36 PM #3
@AButters beat me to it. This is exactly what I would do.
12th February 2014, 03:14 PM #4
I can understand that logic, but was always told that its best to keep a physical DC, has this changed with 2012? As my main school is a 2008r2 failover cluster, with both the physical hosts being DCs
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