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Using Windows 2012 R2 DFS-R between 2012 R2 Hyper-V servers

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I want to setup DFS-R to several site locations.  The servers at the sites are Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V.  I plan on creating a Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V server at our primary site to hold a relatively small amount of data, custom applications, which would be updated from time to time there, but there would be no new data created on the site-specific, local servers.  We have a 50 Mb data pipe to our sites so that will not be of issue.

The Hyper-V server at the primary site is a member of a Windows 2012 Clustered environment and a replica will be configured.  There will be no additional attached storage to this Hyper-V at this time, but it may be considered in the future.

Through Group Policy I plan on assigning a drive letter to each set of the replicated data located at those sites.  I am familiar with this process as well as the basic configuration of DFS-R and DFS-N.

I would like any concerns or recommendations regarding this plan.  I have never setup DFS on Hyper-V servers so I'd like to know if there are things I might be missing.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Please clarify - when you say Hyper-V server do you mean you want to setup DFS between two Hyper-V GUESTS or between two hyper-V HOSTS?

Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any issues with setting up between guests... I have one in a Hyper-V guest that replicates with a physical host at one location.

If you mean to do it with Hyper-V hosts, DON'T!  You lose one (if not both) of your "+2" licenses once the host does ANYTHING more than Hyper-V.
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I should have specified that these are hyper-v guests.  Thank you for your comments.
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