Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, 2008 R2 PDC as VM? in Technical; I have 2 x 2003 DCs. What I am thinking of doing is having a 2008 R2 as a DC ...
13th February 2010, 07:33 PM #1
2008 R2 PDC as VM?
I have 2 x 2003 DCs. What I am thinking of doing is having a 2008 R2 as a DC within a VM holding the FSMO roles and set up another 2008 R2 on a physical box acting as the secondary DC. Once fully operationl then demote the 2003 DCs.
My question is, would anyone think of making their 2008 R2 PDC a VM in ESXi?
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13th February 2010, 07:40 PM #2
Yep, We have both our Domain Controllers on Virtual Hosts as VM's. The DC's are split so on different host's so atleast if 1 host dies the other VM DC can take over.
Works fine and have not had any problems!
And the way you have said to do it would be fine, although i would just put the 2nd DC as a VM also rather than a physical box. make that another host.
13th February 2010, 07:46 PM #3
Do you take a tape back up of your system state every night through your VM?
What's actually on your DCs? Is one just holding the FSMO roles, DHCP, DNS, AD and the other one the same minus FMSO?
Do either VMs act as a file server to store user directories, shared folders, etc or are these on a physical member server?
13th February 2010, 07:51 PM #4
13th February 2010, 08:01 PM #5
I take it by the wink there is no backup?
I suppose having the entire VM backed up wouldn't pose too much of a problem, right? I mean, if both DCs are VMs then there there shouldn't be this issue of time/date lapses etc.
I think what I will do is go down the same route as you did and take it from there. Since I have a spare server I could leave that as a file server hosting all user storage etc.
Thanks for the quick replies.
13th February 2010, 08:02 PM #6
One other thing, do you have a dedicated NIC for the DCs or do you share the DCs NICs with other VMs?
13th February 2010, 08:15 PM #7
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13th February 2010, 08:26 PM #8
Personally i would always keep at least on DC Physical. Any i make virtual wont have any roles. Microsoft say not to make the DC with the Infrastructure Master role a virtual machine
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