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2 Hyper-V servers, 1 network

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Hi,

Does anyone know how we can connect two Hyper-V servers to one isolated network (for testing)?

Would we need a dedicated physical NIC in each Hyper-V server, set as external and then patch a crossover between the two ports or would we need to hang a switch between the two hosts?

Thanks
Shaun
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Hi Shaun,

Spot on - either of those two options should work, provided the Hyper-V servers have static IP addresses in the same subnet. Set both Hyper-V networks as External and you should be good to go (although you'll obviously have to do all of your testing from one of the physical Hyper-V servers),

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We could then attach VM's on either Hyper-V host (connected to the respective Hyper-V external network) and they should all be able to communicate freely?

Cheers
Shaun
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Absolutely - it's exactly the same as a production network. Provided the Hyper-V servers can communicate and the VMs are connected to an 'External' network, you'll be running in no time. I was surprised how straight-forward it was the first time I played with it,

Cheers,

Kev
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*it's exactly the same setup as a production network.
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You aren't testing a hyper-V cluster, are you? Clustering requires domain membership, which requires a domain controller.
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Hi,

No, we are just trying to extend our test environment to a second Hyper-V server. We have a test network and we wanted this to be available to VM's across both Hyper-V hosts. I've done some reading about Hyper-V networking and it seems that all we are doing here is connecting two virtual switches, so it should work perfectly.

Thanks for your help

Shaun
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