Avatar of Peter Clahsen
Peter Clahsen
 asked on

Server 2012 and Hyper-V implementation

Howdy folks, please forgive a Hyper-V newbie for what may be a simple question!

I wish to set up the following scenario, and I am hoping that someone can sanity-check this to make sure I'm not missing something.

I want to get a single physical server with 3Tb drive space using 10k SAS drives in a RAID-5 array, and around 64Gb memory and a pair of Xeon processors - something like an HP Dl380 G9.

On that I want to install Windows Server 2012 Standard as part of a workgroup.  I then want to install the Hyper-V role, and set up the following virtual machines:

(1) Active Directory controller with space for file and print sharing.
(2) Exchange Server 2013 (domain joined to the AD above)
(3) SQL Server (again, domain joined to the AD above).

I do realise I will need 2 licenses for Windows Server 2012 Standard as the number of VM's I want to create will require this.

I am looking to have this used by about 15-20 workstations - the SQL server use will be fairly light (it's going to run one database that's used only be a few users).

Questions:

Is the overall system architecture (Server 2012 workgroup as base, AD, Exchange, SQL as VM's on top of that) correct?  Given real world experience on the part of readers, is the proposed hardware sufficient for this task - if not, what is lacking and needs improvement please?
Hyper-V

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
Peter Clahsen

8/22/2022 - Mon
SOLUTION
Philip Elder

THIS SOLUTION ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
View this solution by signing up for a free trial.
Members can start a 7-Day free trial and enjoy unlimited access to the platform.
See Pricing Options
Start Free Trial
GET A PERSONALIZED SOLUTION
Ask your own question & get feedback from real experts
Find out why thousands trust the EE community with their toughest problems.
Peter Clahsen

ASKER
Many thanks for your helpful comments and useful link, Philip!

The database isn't very hungry.  Actually, a detail I missed - the client currently has all of the above (Exchange, AD, File, Print and SQL) running on a single physical SBS 2008 box with 16Gb memory right now - it's not overloaded, but we can see that this is stretching it a bit :)

As mentioned, my main concern is that the selected hardware (in particular, disk specifications) are sufficient?  And further, that implementing this with storage inside the server (as opposed to being on a SAN etc.) is acceptable?

I think your idea on the split of the VM's is a good one - thank you for the suggestion, and also on the RAID-6 suggestion, I will factor in those into the build.

Am I right in thinking the way to implement this is to install Server 2012 as part of a workgroup, and then build the AD/domain structure entirely in VM's?
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Philip Elder

THIS SOLUTION ONLY AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS.
View this solution by signing up for a free trial.
Members can start a 7-Day free trial and enjoy unlimited access to the platform.
See Pricing Options
Start Free Trial
GET A PERSONALIZED SOLUTION
Ask your own question & get feedback from real experts
Find out why thousands trust the EE community with their toughest problems.
Peter Clahsen

ASKER
Many thanks Philip for your insightful and useful information and comments :)

I'll make some changes to our plan as you suggest, and we can then move forward!
Experts Exchange has (a) saved my job multiple times, (b) saved me hours, days, and even weeks of work, and often (c) makes me look like a superhero! This place is MAGIC!
Walt Forbes