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Separation of Roles on Server

Hi all,

Quick question.

I need to run the following roles in our network:  AD Domain Services, DHCP, DNS, NPAS, File Services, Print Services, and IIS.

Everything will be running on a two node cluster (Both Dell R710s with 2 processors, 12GB ram) as virtual machines. Since I am running Server 2008 R2 Enterprise edition, I can run a max of 4 virtual machines.

So my question is, how should a combine/separate roles on the VMs?

Here is what I was thinking:

VM1:  AD Domain Services, DNS Server, DHCP Server
VM2:  NPAS
VM3:  File Services, Print Services
VM4:  IIS

Does this seem like a good setup? Could I afford to combine any of these roles to consolidate VMs? I would like to keep at least one VM license open in case of expansion in the future, if possible.

Also, should I let my Linksys router handle access to the internet? We are currently using and RV082 for Dual WAN failover. Suggestions would be great! I would love to use the server for all network roles due to the redundancy.

Thanks!

Luke Brannon
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Thanks for the reply!

At any given time we never have more that 15 users actively accessing network files. As far as printing goes, we only have two printers setup in print services. I was thinking about implementing roaming profiles in the future. Do you think one VM could handle file services (with around 15 active users), print services (with two printers, not very busy), IIS (internal), and roaming profiles?

We are a small operation, but uptime is very important. We operate a group of 7 radio stations out of the building, so server down = dear air. That is the reason for the elaborate setup.

Right now, additional Server 2008 licenses are not in the budget, but that is definitely something to consider down the road.

I anxiously await your reply!

Thanks!
Luke B.
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Thanks for all of your help! I really appreciate it!