Hyper V as Domain Controller and dfs solution.

Posted on 2013-05-23
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hi, currently i have a windows server 2008 r2 machine running in a virtualized environment (hyper-V). This machine is currently part of a namespace and has target folders setup...this is not the host machine but a virtual machine....questions...

is it safe to make this machine a domain controller for a current domain??
what are the drawl backs or anything to worry about??

I currently have 3 servers for the namespace..the other 2 are domain controllers with the exception of this one...allthough their is another domain controller within the same site as this one...

Reason asking is because i have clients connecting to this machine even though it is listed as last as a target....could it be that it is not a domain controller and this is why...thanks for any help...
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Microsoft has a great article outlining virtualized dc design considerations: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/virtual_active_directory_domain_controller_virtualization_hyperv(WS.10).aspx

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VirastaR earned 1000 total points
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Please find the Best Practises for DFS on Windows 2008 R2

Do not host DFS shares on domain controllers (DCs). Because SYSVOL uses DFS on DCs, it’s easier to isolate replication issues if there aren’t SYSVOL and DFS shares on the same server. SYSVOL uses the DFS service and you can’t disable it on DCs. The point here is to not host DFS links or root targets on DCs.

- as per Best Practices for DFS

Hope that helps :)

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