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Best Practices

The following are best practices from this chapter:

  • Verify that your hardware, devices, and drivers are supported by Windows Server 2008.

  • As a Hyper-V virtualization host server, you need far more RAM, processor, and disk space than a normal “minimum requirement” server configuration. See Chapter 3 to properly size the Hyper-V server with the hardware requirements needed.

  • Before beginning the installation of Windows 2008 on the server, make sure the system supports hardware-assisted virtualization through the use of an Intel EM64T or AMD64 processor.

  • Only install the x64-bit version of Windows 2008 on the server; the 32-bit (x86) version of Windows 2008 does not support Hyper-V host virtualization.

  • Considering installing either the Enterprise Edition or the Datacenter Edition of Windows 2008 (not the Standard Edition) if you plan to have three or more virtual guest sessions on the system (from the perspective of licensing cost under the Microsoft virtual server rights licensing policy).

  • Use the Windows Server 2008 Initial Configuration Tasks Wizard to conduct post-installation tasks.

  • Use Windows Server Core installations when the highest level of security is warranted.

  • Use a consistent naming convention to name the servers and client machines.

  • Use only Internet standard characters in your computer name. This includes the letters A–Z (upper- and lowercase), the numbers 0–9, and the hyphen (-).

  • As soon as you complete the installation, rename the administrator account and assign a strong password, for the sake of security.

  • Have the installation media and license keys needed for the installation of the host operating system handy when you are about to install the operating system on the server.

  • Join the Hyper-V host to an Active Directory to take advantage of domain administration and management capabilities. If the Hyper-V host will be in a DMZ or nonsecure location, however, you may choose to keep the Hyper-V host as a standalone server.

  • Enable Remote Management on a Server Core system so that you can remotely manage and administer the server.


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