Build small home intel-nuc based hyper-v host, to attach to TV


I'd like to connect an Intel NUC to my TV, just to watch some online content (don't want to use microserver because it is to big and noisy + don't need 4 bays and microserver has no ILO).
Meanwhile this NUC could host some vm's for a small test domain with an SCCM server, SQL server, domain controller and 2 W10 clients
Important thing here is to have an KVM, so I can remotely fully configure the NUC.
Also, the NUC would be put underneath my TV in a closed box, so I'd like to optimize cooling in order to minimize heath and specificall noise(!).
Total budget would be some hundreds of Dollars (about 600 max). Got a Synology NAS which I could use for storage OR buy internal SSD(?)

So my questions:
-what Intel NUC would you advise in my case and what config?
-run vm's on NUC or on Synology
-how to have KVM access to the NUC (ILO ...), what should I buy? note: apparently with some models it can be done out of the box
-what about cooling of the NUC and NAS? is there some cooling I could put around these machines (like tubes with cooling or put them in a small box with specific cooling ...?)
-is there a way to access hyper-v vm's via a web interface (like on ESXi is possible)?

Thanks for your input!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
$600 does not purchase much...barebone nuc!

and you'll need storage SSD and memory...
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
Following on Andrews for your budget you should better check for an ITX motherboard that you can place inside some really small boxes and have the clear advantage of start with an i3 or a ryzen and if your needs grow you can alaways get a bigger cpu.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
About a year ago, I bought an i3 NUC for a media center machine.  Put an SSD in it and used some old laptop RAM I had.  Works great.  Cost me maybe $400 total.  You can do this, but keep in mind, RAM and storage are limited.  an i3 shouldn't generate that much heat.  Running VMs over network storage can be done, but keep in mind, performance is about equal to USB 2... MAYBE slightly better.  A large (but expensive) SSD would be a better option. Of course, it depends on what you're doing with the VMs.  As for controlling the VMs, you can RDP into the machine and use Hyper-V manager or you can connect to it from other systems with Hyper-V manager on other systems.  Why would you want a slow web interface over a LAN connection?

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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems EngineerCommented:
If you were lucky and bought these rams before the rise then yes with $400 could get away...
NUCs are great ...i also run Vms (VirtualBox) on my NUC like Gigabyte with a tiny Celeron but not for something heavy..
An i3 i reckon is the bare minimum along with at least 8GB (16GB  recommended)...
As for the storage ....two options
A case that has the room for many HDDs (ITX) like this or a NAS...but it should deliver around 80-100 Mb/s R/W to be comfortable...(mine is 50MbR/30MbW and when something more is needed it struggles)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Two Windows 10 PCs
Domain. Controller
SQL Server
SCCM Server

If all allocated minimum 4GB

That's 20GB Memory Plus 4GB for host Hyper-V

So you would need a 32 GB RAM in NUC

Not cheap oh and we did the running VMs on Synology before how much RAM in Synology.,,,

Not a good idea

As for storage iSCSI or SMB for hyper- v?
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
Budget is a bit elastic :-)

I'll go for the Intel Baby Canyon NUC7i5BNK, i5 for lower power consumption = 330 Euro
2x 16GB Crucial CT204864BF160B 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz  = 300 Euro
Samsung 860 EVO 500GB M.2 = 150 Euro

That's about 800 Euro or 1000 Dollar. NUC7i7BNH i7 is only 100 Euro more expensive  but power consumption is higher and also probably noise.

Looks ok, to me, any comments?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Personally given up with any PC connected to TV in 2000!

Have a Smart TV now

Too much hassle Windows Updates remote controlling it without a keyboard and mouse

Smart TV are the future
janhoedtAuthor Commented:
That was not my question.
I have a smart tv, a recent and good one, nu tot does not support all web content and the nuc is mainly for hyper V, but why not attach it to tv so I can additionally use it for other things.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Specification is fine if you have cooling issues Coolermaster and Noc. Do very good silent high throughput fans
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I've used Windows media center since Windows 7 came out.  And Microsoft will have to drag me kicking and screaming from it.  I have thousands of programs recorded and instantly watchable.  Plus I can stream ANYTHING that streams since it's a full computer.  Or do just about anything I want.  TVs connected to computers is EASY and reliable with the right hardware.  Even if you don't use Media Center, there's a ton of reasons to have it connected... from gaming to streaming to presentations and more.
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