Microsoft Hyper-V technology allows consolidation of workloads that are currently spread across multiple underutilized servers onto a smaller number of servers. This capability provides a way to reduce costs through lower hardware, energy, and management overhead while creating a more dynamic IT infrastructure. In this article, I've provided a couple of links to really helpful articles on Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Hyper-V best practices.
As more and more customers switch to Windows Server-based virtualization using Hyper-V, more IT professionals find themselves having to leave their VMware environments and learn how to deploy Hyper-V. While it is relatively simple to manage by using management tools and an administrative environment that is familiar to Windows administrators, there are still many challenges when we approach the task of designing such a deployment.
Windows Server 2008 R2 / 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices: Further Reading
From one standalone server running several VMs on its locally attached disks, to a large failover cluster deployment with CSV disks, replication, high-availability, quick and live migration and more – designing a robust Hyper-V deployment requires a lot of knowledge. My good friend Microsoft PFE Roger Osborne has published these awesome articles on the PFE Platforms blog, and because it's so well written and comprehensive, I thought I would share it with you. As a consultant that often has to deal with Hyper-V deployments I find this article a great tool to use not only when reviewing an existing Hyper-V implementation, but one that can be easily leveraged as part of pre-planning stages to ensure best practices are implemented from the start. Read the original article, "Hyper-V 2008 R2 best practices."
Also be sure to check out this original article, "Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Best Practices."
Windows Server 2012 provided major improvements to the Hyper-V role, including increased consolidation of server workloads, Hyper-V Replica, Cluster Aware Updating (CAU), network virtualization and the Hyper-V extensible switch, just to name a few. Hyper-V 3.0, as some call it, helps organizations improve server utilization while reducing costs.
Keep these in a handy place, you will need them!