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Greetings,

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.
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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.

Hyper-V is a Type 1 Hypervisor, VMware Workstation is a Type 2.

VMware Workstation is a Type 2 Hypervisor, other Type 2 Hypervisors include, VMware Server 2, VMware Player 3.0, Virtualbox 4.0, and Parallels.

Type 2 Hypervisors are SLOW.  In most reviews and experience, they perform at roughly 30-40% hardware capability.  That means an OS in a VM run off VMWare Workstation will likely perform at best like it has an 800 MHz CPU if you have 2 GHz physical CPU. You install Type 2 hypervisors onto of an existing host operating system.

If you use a Type 1 Hypervisor, you get MUCH better performance. ESX, ESXi, are all Type 1 hypervisors - they (based on experience and reviews) typically get 80-90% hardware capability - so that same VM run off the same 2 GHz CPU should operate more like it has a 1.6 GHz CPU instead of 800 Mhz. Type 1 hypervisors are installed on the bare metal of the server.

Type 1 Hypervisors also include Hyper-V.

Have a read of some EE Articles

Virtual or Physical?

Some Hyper-V Hardware and Software Best Practices

I would also test RDP over a VPN for Windows desktops, because RDP does not give a very good user experience, VDI and RemoteFX does!
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Thank you Andrew!
One of the most thorough answers I have ever received.
I appreciate your detailed answer and the extra reading links.
I will work in the direction of implementing the Type 1 Hypervisor solution.
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no problems, post more new questions in the future if unsure.
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