Solved

Hyper-V Best Practices for Windows 2008 and 2012

Posted on 2013-11-18
4
898 Views
Last Modified: 2014-11-12
We are trying to set standards for Hype-V in our organization. What are considered best practices for Hyper-V for server 2008 and 2012. What should be on a server that will be setup as a hyper v server for each. Please state whether you sentences pertain to 2008, 2012 or both.

Thanks in advance for your responses!
0
Comment
Question by:bobox00
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
4 Comments
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:Ram Balachandran
Ram Balachandran earned 250 total points
ID: 39658393
There are many "articles" explain the installation and configuration of hyper v in experts-exchange itself.

Goto Advanced Search [ Near Search - top right ]

Select article

In keywords - type Hyper V

and Search

--
I would recommend following articles from Microsoft

CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE
0
 
LVL 20

Accepted Solution

by:
Svet Paperov earned 250 total points
ID: 39659532
Here is what I consider Best practices for Hyper-V host server:
•      Do not install any other server role (this is true from performance point of view as well from licensing point of view)
•      Place the servers in dedicated IP segment  and domain (if one or two you could select to run them in Workgroup; there are tools that allows managing Hyper-V servers from different domain)
•      Run the server in Server Core mode. Windows Server 2012 has an advantage over 2008 that we can switch from GUI to Server Core and vice-versa at any time (restart is required).
•      Use dedicated network adapter for the management traffic to the host

There may be other things to consider as disk storage, RAM, etc. I would go directly to Microsoft TechNet site and read everything available there http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831531.aspx
And I would definitely chose Hyper-V 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V because of all improvements done since 2008 R2.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:bobox00
ID: 39699049
Thanks
0
 
LVL 39

Expert Comment

by:Philip Elder
ID: 39949440
Some thoughts on this:

CPU: GHz over Cores
Memory: Largest, fastest for CPU, and one stick per channel
BIOS: Disable C3/C6 States
Disk subsystem: Hardware RAID, 1GB Cache, Non-Volatile or Battery backed
Disk subsystem: SAS only, 10K spindles to start, and 8 or more preferable
Networking: Intel only, 2x Dual-Port NICs or more ports.
Networking: Team Port 0 on both NICs for management Port 1 for vSwitch
Hyper-V: Server Core has a reduced attack surface plus lower update count
Hyper-V: Fixed VHDX files preferred unless dedicated LUN/Partition
Hyper-V: Max vCPUs to Assign = # Physical Cores on ONE CPU - 1
Hyper-V: Standalone preferred to keep Workgroup and use HVRemote

Those are some of the key things we keep in mind when configuring Hyper-V environments whether standalone or clustered.

Philip
0

Featured Post

Problems using Powershell and Active Directory?

Managing Active Directory does not always have to be complicated.  If you are spending more time trying instead of doing, then it's time to look at something else. For nearly 20 years, AD admins around the world have used one tool for day-to-day AD management: Hyena. Discover why

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
Previously, on our Nano Server Deployment series, we've created a new nano server image and deployed it on a physical server in part 2. Now we will go through configuration.
This tutorial will show how to configure a new Backup Exec 2012 server and move an existing database to that server with the use of the BEUtility. Install Backup Exec 2012 on the new server and apply all of the latest hotfixes and service packs. The…
This tutorial will walk an individual through setting the global and backup job media overwrite and protection periods in Backup Exec 2012. Log onto the Backup Exec Central Administration Server. Examine the services. If all or most of them are stop…

617 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question