We are a very small business running Server 2012 R2 essentials running AD and 1 application. It is virtualized ona basic non-domain joined server host. DHCP on router. All 1 location and 1 network.
What is the best architecture for a small business setting up hyper-v replica to be used in case of primary machine hardware failure (no real-time failover necessary)? Trying to keep it cheap and simple.
1) Server 1 2012 r2 ess VM and Server 2 2012 r2 Essentials hyper-v host, both non-domain
Replicate to Server 2 2012 r2 ess host
(if this works, can i join both hosts to the DC on the VM? will this work if i need to turn on the replica DC?)
2) Server 1 2012 r2 ess VM and Server 2 2012 r2 Full with secondary DC on host or VM. +/-
Repilcate to 2012 r2 Full host
3) Server 1 2012 r2 ess VM and Sever 2 2012 r2 ess hyper-v host and Server 3 on workstation as DC VM. All domain joined hosts
Replicate to 2012 r2 ess host
what do i gain/lose with domain joined hosts vs non-domain hosts?
do i need a secondary dc? what do i lose if no secondary dc in a primary machine failure with replica.
can I replicate and turn on the replica in case of hardware failure without having hosts domain joined?
Thanks for helping