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Hyper-V cluster with a domain controller

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Hi Experts,
I am setting up a virtual environment that will take over my current environment.
I have
1 server with DNS , AD, DHCP and Exchange , ... file server
1 server with SQL
1 server RDP
1 server Sharepoint.
all are 2003 servers.

I ordered 2 server Dell R620 with switches dedicated for iSCSI traffic and a storage MD 3200i.

I am planning on installing Win2008 R2 sp1 on the 2 hosts with Hyper-v and failover clustering, then I will install VM on each one of those servers
I have 3 questions related:
1- Do I need to have my 2 servers join the domain before installing Hyper-v and cluster?
2- Do they need to be part of the domain?
3- If they need to be part of the domain and I make them join the domain, Can my domain controller be a VM , would it cause some issue if I turn the cluster on after a power loss and the domain server is not available when they are powered on( since the AD will be part of a VM )?
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