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Hi,
 
 I am trying to create a virtual machine for SBS2011 in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
 SBS2011 will be a domain controller (there will be other VMs as member servers) and will provide the space for users to save their word/excel files in additional to Exchange 2010 data.
 I was going to create a SBS2011VM with 16GB RAM and 1TB .vhdx. During OS install, I was going to create a 200GB partition and when OS install is finished, create another partition of 800GB in Computer Management in the SBS2011 VM. This 800GB partition will be used to store Exchange data and user data.
FYI there are 3 active users and total size of all the files/documents will be less than 10GB at this point.

However some experts indicated that creating a 200GB partition for SBS2011 OS in the SBS2011 VM is fine, but do not create another partition within SBS2011 VM. Instead I should create a separate "Dynamic" VHDX.

Can someone explain to me why and how I would see this separate virtual hard disk from SBS2011 My Computer? Do I map to this virtual hard disk?
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It's advantageous to use separate virtual disks, rather than partitions in the virtual machine.

it make it easier to extend them in the future, and also backup individual disks.

So create the Virtual Machine, and Add two virtual disks, which will be C: drive and D: drive, install the OS, and later format the D: drive using Disk Management.

OR

Install SBS as usual, on a single disk (single virtual disk), and later add a new disk to the Virtual Machine. The D: drive.
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VM SettingVirtual HDs
As you can see, I created a VM for SBS2011 and it created F:\VMs\SBS2011.vhdx as a part of process. But I also created two Virtual Hard Disks - (1) HD_Fixed 104GB (2) VHD_Dynamic 108KB - using New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard.
That said, how do you attach existing  (1) HD_Fixed or (2) VHD_Dynamic to SBS2011 Virtual Machine so that I can use it as D drive?
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That worked great. I also successfully added another Virtual Hard Drive by clicking "ADD" button under SCSI Controller to the same Virtual Machine.

In compmgmt.msc, what partition style should I choose? I just chose MBR for now. But I am curious to know what the difference is.
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MBR - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record (MBR original partition types)

GPT - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUID_Partition_Table

GPT partitons support larger NTFS partitions above 2TB, it's the supported Modern equivalent of MBR.

if you wanted to create a 10TB partition, you would have to use the modern, newer type called GPT.
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Thanks.
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No problems
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It appears that you have an option to add a Virtual Hard Drive to a VM using not only in SCSI Controller section, but IDE Controller 0 and IDE Controller 1.
What is the difference in terms of adding a virtual HD thru SCSI and IDE Controllers?
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correct, you can use IDE or SCSI.

SCSI are reported to be faster, because of less overhead in the hypervisor. But IDE is offered for easier migration of computers, that have been created on IDE platforms.

see here

http://www.nodnarb.net/post/2009/11/30/Microsoft-Hyper-V-2008-R2-IDE-vs-SCSI-Performance.aspx
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Good article! Based on the opinions of the article, I will go with SCSI because these are data partitions.

Thanks.
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CAn you increase memory to over 10Gigs on windows server 2012 R2 hyper-v machines
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@Len vusi Please post a new question.
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