Setting Up Hyper-V

Just kind of starter questions. I am using a 2016 Server Standard. As far as the physical server goes do you name it something like VMHost and leave it on WORKGROUP?

Anything else to do as fart as the physical server goes?
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Tyler BrooksNetwork and Security ConsultantCommented:
You definitely can do that, most of the servers I administer have a setup more or less like that. You can add the host to the domain as well (once the domain is set up) but I've found that keeping the host in the workgroup with different admin credentials prevents it from being compromised if someone is able to get admin rights on your domain controller. Had a client last summer whose domain admin account was compromised and both VM's encrypted but the host was safe because they couldn't gain remote access to it, saved them hours on their recovery time.

You will need to setup a virtual switch within Hyper-V that you can assign to the VM's, and will want to make sure that you choose a storage location for the VHD's with sufficient space for your needs. I typically will create a second Data partition on the host and store only the VHD's there.

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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
I have two EE articles that answer most of the basic as well as a lot of 300/400 level content:
Some Hyper-V Hardware and Software Best Practices
Practical Hyper-V Performance Expectations
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Deciding to place the Hyper-V machine into the domain or leave it out is a pretty complex question, with a lot of different answers, depending who you talk to.  To keep is simple, I suggest the following:

1. If you have  a separate, physical domain controller, then join the HyperV machine to the domain.
2. If your DC is virtualised, leave the HyperV machine in tis workgroup.

Personally, I am a bit Old Skool, I like to have a separate, physical DC and DNS server, and have this power up a few mins ahead of HyperV boxes. DCs are usually not heavily loaded, and old office PC can work just fine. Others are bound to point out that DCs on HyperV have been supported for a while, however sometimes you get to pick your battles, and I have always found a separate DC to be a better way to go.
LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I guess this is going to have to be asked sooner or later. This domain only requires a single DC. 25 users. Nothing trick going on. When I looked in to it 10-15 years ago the general concurrence was that unless you had 3 or more servers that you didn't gain anything by virtualization.

   I asked a question a couple days ago and was told to virtualize even if there was only one server (the DC). Have things changed that much that you should virtualize even with only one server?
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
A single Server Standard license gives the ability to install two guest Operating System Environments (OSEs).

At the bare minimum get all services off the DC that don't belong there.

File and Print and LoBs should be on their own VM.

Leave ADDS, DNS, & DHCP on the DC VM with 2 vCPUs and 2GB vRAM. Easy Peasy.
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