domain controller on vmware


I have:

- 2 Domain controller 2008
- 1 Exchange 2010 ( for 2 Domain )
- 1 TMG 2010  ( for 2 Domain )
- 1 TrenMicro  ( for 2 Domain )

I can install all the above on vmware & Is domain controller virtualization really a good idea?

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Neil RussellConnect With a Mentor Technical Development LeadCommented:
Ah you put this in the vmware zone and said you can install al on vmware in the question.

But the answer is the same, yes you can virtulise ALL of the above exactly as stated.
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
I would only suggest to virtualize Domain Controllers. They do not need much resources to work properly.\
Just put 1st DC in one box and 2nd DC on the second to prevent failure both of them in the same time.
Plan regural System State backup of both DCs. That's the only one way of restoring them back. Do not use snapshots!

Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
1)Yes its a good idea
2) Obviously if can can virtulise the 2 DC's on 2 physically different hosts then even better, for redundancy purposes.

Even better is if you have a VMWare cluster with HA FT vMotion and DRS then your covered from almost every angle, unless the building burns down of course!
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
"I would only suggest to virtualize Domain Controllers. They do not need much resources to work properly"


Exchange virtulises perfectly well. The ONLY thing you are advised NOT to virtulise is the UM server if you use one. All other exchange roles run perfectly well in a virtulised environment, as does TMG

IF you virtualise you MUST ensure that the server is capable and has the correct resources available, that is the main reason that people complain about things like exchange in a virtual environment but that goes for non virtulised too.

etwalttech2011Author Commented:
Thanks for reply

i'm using Hyper-V
Krzysztof PytkoSenior Active Directory EngineerCommented:
What about mailbox storga for Exchange?
How TMG work with VMWare or Hyper-V guest NIC?

I have no experience with that, so I didn't suggested to virtualize them. I virtualized a lot of DCs and I didn't notice any problem on that. For the rest I have no idea, so I'm not recommending to put them on a Virtual Server :)

Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Ah ok...

I have access to several vMware clusters that have virtualised exchnage on them and to date have had no negative feedback at all with it. I personally prefer vmware to hyper-v, from experiance, but thats just a personal preferance.

We are currently doing a migration from a physical server environment running Novell 5.5 and Groupwise to AD/Exchange for an 8000 user site and everything will be virtual. It works a treat :D
etwalttech2011Author Commented:
Hi iSiek,

yes you can do it ... install TMG on phisical VMWare or Hyper-V then you can use NIC with publice IP

I do it before

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