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VDI  on server 2012 - can this be done on a single physical server ALONE

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I have seen various guides for single server VDI but these all seem rely on a separate DC

Is there anyway to completely setup VDI on a single physical server?

So have physical server which acts as the DC, DNS, DHCP, and hyper-V

Place the Broker, gateway etc on a virtual - which then access the hyper-v on the physical server.
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by:rindi
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The hardware can be a single physical server. On that server you could then install Hyper-V core, or also the Hyper-V role using Windows Server OS, but that server OS must not run other roles, and it must not be an Active Directory DC.

You can then run your other server OS's as VM's, and those VM's can be DC's or have other roles installed and running, like DNS, DHCP or whatever you want (except Hyper-V, as that is already running on the Host OS).
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by:leibhold
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The Hyper-V has to be the RD Virtualization Host, which has to be on AD, but the DC is on a virtual on the Hyper-V Host.  

So we would have to boot the Hyper-V which has to be on the domain  - with no domain available until the Hyper-V finishes booting and starts the Virtual servers (of which one is the DC)

So the answer is really no?
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The Hyper-V Server doesn't have to be on AD, as it only acts as the host for the other OS's and runs no other tasks.
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After much testing, this can be done but not simply as suggested.

1. The hyper-v HAS to be on AD - it is needed to be able to add roles, find it in AD etc.

2. Dc on VM - yes - but as the hyper-v host comes up before the domain it doesn't set the network correctly - and you have both dns and firewall issues. We ended up with a delayed script to reset the network on hyper V after the virtual DC came up - so that it would see the network as a domain.

3. you cant use the add desktop services wizard by itself -  after installing you have to add roles manually.

4. It actually works better if you have all the roles on the hyper-v host - broker,gateway etc.


Once I get all the steps down I will post the method.
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by:leibhold
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I have tested the solution as stated and it works
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