connect to hyper-v on a domain computer from a workgroup computer.

Posted on 2009-04-12
Last Modified: 2013-11-11
Hi I want to connect to my hyper-v server which is a domain controller from a local installation of hyper-v manger on a workgroup computer.

So I would consider just joining the computer to the domain but i really don't want the DNS queries for web browsing routed through my server.

The reason is that i seen some performance issues with some of the computers routing DNS queries through the server and I want to be able to function incase the server was shutdown.

to sum up the actual question:
What do I need to do to connect my workgroup computer hyper-v manager installation to my domain controller install of hyper-v server?

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by:Darius Ghassem
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I'm a little confuse on exactly what you want. Are these servers two different physical computers that you want to connect? What are you actually wanting to connect?

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I have computer A running windows server 2008 with the Hyper-v role installed. This server is also a domain controller.

I have computer B running on the same physical network, this computer is not part of the domain but is a workgroup computer. I have hyper-v manager running on computer B. All i need to do is connect my hyper-v manager client so that I can administrate my hyper-v servers on computer A.

I had it working fine before i promoted computer A to a domain account. I know if I join the domain with computer B that it will work for sure. I am simply trying to find a way to administrate my hyper-v server from a workstation that is not part of the domain.

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Darius Ghassem earned 500 total points
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So, you made a Hyper-V server a DC, right? Just to let you know the host computer should only be installed with services that are related to Hyper-V if you are going to run Hyper-V on it. Then you install the DC within a VM.

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ID: 24127476
This worked great, I am connected to my hyper-v server from a workgroup pc. You win the points on this.

But I was wondering if you could elaborate why you think it would be better off to make one of the vm's my domain controller. I made sure to backup my server 08 machine with true image enterprise, it would not be hard for me to go back in time before i promoted it, and I already have a vm that used to be the domain controller it's just shut off for now.

Here was the issue i had when i was running a vm as the dc.

Some of my workgroup computers (physical machines) would not acknowledge the dc's existence. Most cases I was able to resolve this by routing all my dns queries from the workgroup pc's through the dc. Literally using the dc's ip address as my dns servers for the workgroup computer. This slowed down my internet surfing, and my wife was not happy when the internet would go out and I was not home to reboot the server.

But basically I have lots of programs I am starting to learn that requires my machines to belong to a domain, I don't want to get too far into this unless I am sure I am making the right decisions on the configuration.

I am assuming you are saying to create a vm that is a dc and have the hyper-v host o/s be a member of that domain right?


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Hey, instead of answering my question here I created a new post, this way you can have the points for this one, and the chance to win the points for the last thing i asked you. If you want just simply post your answer here. I will give you the points for this one either way.

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by:Darius Ghassem
ID: 24127622
Did you setup DNS forwarding with the most current DNS servers from your ISP? This would cause internet resolving issues.

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