Microsoft Virtualization: Hyper V best practices

29 Mar

Microsoft Virtualization: Hyper V best practices


Are you deploying or planning to deploy Hyper V Virtualization in production and need guidelines how you can design the best in class infrastructure with optimum utilization of resources. As a Technology Advisor, I often get the request from customers and partners who are doing real life deployments for best practices and guidelines for Hyper V.

Virtualization product group has done a commendable job to offer some of these best practices documents related to

  • Deployment
  • Storage
  • Hardware
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Running workloads like
    • Exchange
    • SQL
    • Remote Desktop Services
    • Small Business Server

I have collated some of these documents for your reference in here..

Hyper-V Best Practices Analyzer is now available for Windows Server 2008 R2

What is Best Practices Analyzer?

Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that is available in Windows Server 2008 R2. BPA reports best practice violations to the administrator after BPA scans the roles that are installed on Windows Server 2008 R2. Administrators can filter out unnecessary information or exclude results from BPA reports. Administrators can also perform BPA tasks with either the Server Manager GUI, or Windows PowerShell cmdlets

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Here are some of the whitepapers you would need to build up a great Virtual Infrastructure with Hyper V.


Best practices: Microsoft Hyper-V Dynamic Data Center in an HP BladeSystem environment

Hyper-V Planning and Deployment Guide

Hyper-V Deployment & Best Practices

Hyper-V Configuration & Deployment Guidance

Virtualization Security Best Practices

Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008- Hyper-V

Hyper-V: Live Migration Network Configuration/best practices Guide


Small Business Server/ Domain Controllers

Best Practices for Using Hyper-V with Windows Small Business Server 2008

Running Domain Controllers in Hyper-V


SharePoint Server

SharePoint Server Role Recommendations for Virtualized Environments

Virtualization of SharePoint Products and Technologies

Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for SharePoint


Exchange Server

Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange

HP recommended configuration for Exchange Server 2010 and Hyper-V R2 for 5,000 users

Exchange Server 2007 and Hyper-V: Best Practices Blog Post

Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers inĀ  Virtualization Environments

SQL Server

Running SQL in a Hyper-V Environment

Consolidation Guidance for SQL Server

High Performance SQL Server Workloads on Hyper-V


Hope you all find them useful, as always your feedbacks and comments are welcome.