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Installing Hyper V server around existing SBS2008 DC

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Hi, I have started a project to convert our existing setup as follows:
SBS2008: Acting as a DC and Exchange 2007 server.

I have a new server (physically the same as the existing server) that I want to install Server 2008 Enterprise R2 and instlal Hyper V on.
Now this server will ultimately replace the SBS2008 server and will have Virtual machines acting as a DC and an Exchange 2007 server.

BUT, my question is, will the Hyper V Server need to join the existing Domain so I can connect to it vvia Remote desktop and Hyper V manager?
The Hyper V server will use the full version of Server 2008 R2m not core.
The main thing is I need to remotely connect to it. I'm loathe to do a DC promo on this new server (To allow remote access etc), as I want to be able to see it from my PC which is connected to the Domain controlled by the SBS2008 server.
Having another DC that is seen by the SBS2008 server will probably cause problems.

If I install Server 2008 R2 on the new server and have it join the existing domain (DC is SBS2008), will that cuase problems?
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To RDP to the Box you do not need to add it to the domain, you can just enable remote access and configure the Local Users and Groups on the Server for Access.
As far as accessing the box using the Server Manager Console; the easiest way to access this is from a Machine Running the Server Manager Tools can be downloaded from;
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7d2f6ad7-656b-4313-a005-4e344e43997d&displaylang=en
But the PC has to be in a Auth Relationship with the server with one of these 2 methords;
1) The Hypver V server and the Connecting Client has to be in the same domain and the Client needs to login to the domain with rights to access the Remote Administration.
or non-domain option
2) Then have a look at this guide from Microsoft, with a few Reg changes and details configured you can connect without either Hyper-V or Client being in a domain; http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794756(WS.10).aspx
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So will I still need to DCPROMO the new server 2008 R2 box hosting the HYPER v install then?
I'd prefer it not to be a DC if I can get away with it. AS I want ultimately a virtual machine to replace the old SBS2008 DC.

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Thanks, after following up with some more research about permissions etc, it worked perfectly.
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The Hyper-V Server only needs to be a member of a domain if you go for the domain option.
If you use the option 2 (i.e. no domain) then you dont even need a domain but you will need to setup some more things; follow the link;
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794756(WS.10).aspx
Scroll down to the section headed; Configuring the management tools
In this section is discribed the mehord to setup Remote Admin tools without being part of a domain.


"The following procedures describe how to configure the server running Hyper-V. When domain-level trust is not established, perform all the steps. "
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Yes thanks. After I read over your answer a couple of times I worked it out.. :)
Thanks for the clarification though.  :)
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