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Looking for some best practice guidance regarding a project I'm starting for a customer. I have just received a fresh Dell T310 server with the following hardware

-2.53 Ghz Xeon X3440
-8 Gigs of RAM
-1TB RAID5 on a PERC S300
-2 Gigabit NICs
-Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Standard w/Hyper-V

the customer has 3 XP Pro workstations and 5 printers. My idea for the new server goes as follows..(Am I on the right track?)

-Configure the new server to be the Hyper-V host
-3 XP VMs. 1 for each workstation
-1 XP VM for a print server
-1 server 08 VM as a DC

Additionally, I need a location for server side app installs and data storage. Should I create another VM for these two needs, or can I get away with just using physical disk space and resources on the Hyper-V host itself? The customer's budget is pretty tight, and I still need to purchase licensing for the 4 XP VMs.

The customer also currently utilizes dual monitors on each workstation. This is the first time I've encountered this scenario with Hyper-V. Can the workstations still use both monitors with the VM desktop?

Invest in Acronis? I'm a die hard Acronis fan and tend to recommend their disaster solution products to my customers. For this scenario, is it worth it for my client to spend another $850? Ultimately, everything important is residing on the server and I can snapshot it all. The workstations are basically dumb terminals running XP to RDP to the VM. Thoughts?



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I think you might be better leaving the XP workstations as standard machines and setting up a VM as a Terminal Server. This still uses the physical boxes as dumb terminals and you can drop the server side apps and data storage onto the VM aswell.

Have a second VM running as DC/Print server. As there are only 3 clients then the traffic will be fairly low and the DC should be able to handle both roles easily. I would recommend the following:

1 x VM, 4 x Cores, 2 x GB RAM, DC/DNS/DHCP/Print
1 x VM, 4 x Cores, 6 x GB RAM, Terminal Services, File Sharing, Server Apps
1 x Host, Hyper-V only, no roles or external connectivity
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