Trying to determine if Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Switch Manager is configured correctly...

Hi, I am trying to determine if I have Hyper-V manager server role configured correctly for my virtual environment.  In particular, virtual switch manager.  Why is it using an actual IP address from my network?  And is this necessary?  If not, how can I go about allowing it to reach my DHCP server on the network for the VM's that reside on the Hyper-V host server, yet not use an IP address from my very limited available IP's on my server network?

Hyper-V Host Servers:  Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 - Standard & DataCenter editions

Let me know if you require further details/information to answer these questions.

Thanks in advance.
rsnellmanIT ManagerAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Virtual Switch Manager does not use an IP.

If you create a Virtual NETWORK of the External type and select "Allow management operating system to share this network adapter" then it will share the adapter and get an IP.

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rsnellmanIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
OK.  That is what happened then...I do have the "Allow management operating system share this network adapter" checked.

Is there any harm in unchecking that?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Depends.  Do you have another adapter for the host to get network connectivity?  If you disable it and it's the only adapter, then the host won't have network connectivity.  You won't be able to manage it remotely.
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