I am looking for advice based on experience and personal preferences.
I need to setup a Server that will run an instance of 2012 R2 Server and 4 Virtual workstations.
Realizing there are multiple configuration options I would like to know what others believe to be the best option based on creating a reliable and easy to maintain configuration.
I need to end up with:
1 Server 2012 R2 instance which will run 2 Applications (1 = accounting app, the other SQL based program) and can be physical or Virtual.
4 Windows 7 Pro virtual machines to be used as primary workstations for remote users using a VPN/RDP solution.
I prefer to automate the backup of the Virtual Machines nightly.
I have in mind these options but again, would like to know what others have configured:
1) Physical Server 2012 R2 to run the 2 applications AND host Hyper-v to manage the 4 Win7 Pro VM's.
2) Physical Server 2012 R2 to run the 2 applications AND Host VMware workstation to manage the 4 Win7 Pro VM's.
3) Hyper-V core install on the Physical Server to Host the Server 2012 R2 Application Server AND manage the 4 Win7 Pro VM's as well as a physical (or virtual?) instance of Win8 Pro or Win10 Pro to remote manage the hyper-v hypervisor.