Hyper-V Guidance

Posted on 2011-10-19
Last Modified: 2012-07-04
We have 1 Windows 2003 domain controller running exchange.  Now we have purchased a new server, virtualized and am needing some help on how to proceed. Should I create another Domain controller on the virtualized server and transfer the FSMO roles.  Also, does it make since to create a second domain controller within the virtualized environment, I'm thinking not because it would be still be running on the same hardware?  How should I handle Exchange - just leave it on the original server or run it on the Hyper-V server?
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    I'm not saying you should or you shouldn't... but before I answer, WHY are you virtualizing?  Given the text of your question, I'm reading it as "I've heard of virtualization - we should do that because it's the popular thing to do - how should we do it?"

    Doing it because it's the popular thing is wrong.  There are benefits... but also a few drawbacks... and what exactly you do with everything depends on your needs and the hardware and software licenses you have - you haven't detailed those yet.

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    We have a Dell PE710 w/24GB mem, 500GB hard disks.  Given we are a library software licenses are cheap (currently have 2003, 2008 64bit, 2008R2 64bit server software).  Would like to seperate staff and patron applications.

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