2012 server w/ two vm's where to place the PDC

Have a 2012 R2 server planning to make one VM the exchange server and need to install a PDC. Question, should I make the PDC the main server or the second VM?
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Darshana JayathilakeSystem EngineerCommented:
Install AD and Exchange on a single vm/physical server is not recommended

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms.exch.setupreadiness.warninginstallexchangerolesondomaincontroller%28v=exchg.150%29.aspx

pls install two vms and configure AD and Exchange seperately

Cheers
Darshana
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
By the "main server" I assume you mean the host? Don't install AD and Hyper-v together on the host. That is bad. Put your roles in VMs when running hyper-v. Leave the host 'pure' and only used for virtualization management.
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Tony GiangrecoCommented:
For server 2012 with Exchange, I'd create a 2nd VM as your domain controller (They don't call it a PDC any more, although it really is), and a 2nd VM for Exchange.

2012 R2 is a great server. I've installed a few of them and they run very smooth.

Hope this helps!
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rindiCommented:
Besides what has already been mentioned, the DC must must only be a DC, nothing else. If by "Main Server" you mean a "File-Server", then you should use a 3rd VM for that.
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WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyAuthor Commented:
Cliff:
By the "main server" I assume you mean the host? Don't install AD and Hyper-v together on the host. That is bad. Put your roles in VMs when running hyper-v. Leave the host 'pure' and only used for virtualization management.
Agree, I've done this on other servers have another server configuration coming up soon wanted to clear the air in my mind around this question. Another question, when you say, "Leave the host 'pure' and only used for virtualization management" do you mean not even host data on it? I usually share data on the host.

Darshana and TG-TIS, agree and thanks for the posts.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
No shares on the host either.   Even if you're far away from setting up a high-availability hyper-V cluster, the host should be setup and run so that, if you had such a cluster, you could reboot it and the users would never have a clue.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
That is precisely what I mean. Don't use your hyper-V server is a file server. In facr, doing so negates the 1+2 licensing rights of 2012 standard.
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WORKS2011Austin Tech CompanyAuthor Commented:
thank you everyone
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