hyper-v question

rack mounted server.  windows 2008 r2 installed.  hyper v role installed.  windows 2003 server installed as a VM.  

The rack server has 2 nic's.  One nic is disabled when you look at the two nics on the windows 2008 r2 cp network connections interface.  I want to use the disabled nic as the primary nic for the 2003 vm.  is this possible
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Mohammed KhawajaManager - Infrastructure:  Information TechnologyCommented:
Ensure the NIC is enabled in the BIOS and Windows and you should be able to use it.  As a rule of thumb, you should have minimum 4 NICs.
Yes this is possible and with 2 NICs. If you have physically two NICs on the host server, chances are that Hyper-V Networking is configured to share the host NIC with the VM.

I would first of all make a note of your host IP address details and the VM's details as well. Next connect a network cable into LAN2 on your host machine and enable the interface, don't bother trying to configure IP address details. It'll most likely get an IP via DHCP.
Next go to Hyper-V Network Manager and configure a new 'External' virtual network. Give it a unique name, select the interface on the drop down of LAN2 and be sure to deselect 'Allow management operating system to share this network adapter'. This will ensure that the VM will have the exclusive right to use that host based NIC to your general network.

Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754263.aspx

Next in your VM while its running go to the VM settings and under network adaptor, select the new virtual switch, followed by apply. Your VM is now using the dedicated LAN2 link. Verify connectivity and services before moving on.

For this next step I would advise either being infront of the server or have remote out of band management (iLO or DRAC). Next head back over to Hyper-V Network Manager and select the original Hyper-V switch and delete it. You will be prompted that you may experience a break in network connectivity while this process goes through, press okay to that prompt.

You now have achieved separate network interfaces for your Hyper-V environment. Best of luck!

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jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
Glad to have helped.
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