Should a Hyper-V host be a member of the domain?

I have a Windows 2016 Server Hyper-V host with IP address 192.168.0.254.
I have configured a Primary Domain Controller (domain: MyDomain) with IP address 192.168.0.3 and a Database Server with IP address 192.168.0.4 which I have joined to MyDomain.

Should my Hyper-V host join the domain too?
ClintonKAsked:
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timgreen7077Exchange EngineerCommented:
Its recommended but not a necessity. Better central management if is a member of a domain, but it doesn't have to be.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/virtualization/hyper-v/best-practices-analyzer/domain-membership-is-recommended-for-servers-running-hyper-v
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We don't join standalone hosts to the guest's domain. It provides an extra layer of security around the host.

I have two very thorough EE articles on all things Hyper-V:

Some Hyper-V Hardware and Software Best Practices
Practical Hyper-V Performance Expectations

This is how we would back up that standalone host:
Protecting a Backup Repository from Malware and Ransomware

We do, however, set up cluster nodes on the guest's domain as AD is required for full cluster functionality.
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ClintonKAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I've now made it a member of the domain.
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