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Hyper-V Best Practices for Windows 2008 and 2012

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.

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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