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Windows Server® 2008 Hyper-V™ Resource Kit by Janique Carbone Robert Larson and Microsoft Windows Virtualization Team

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Branch Office Scenario

A branch office can be defined as a remote location across a wide area network (WAN) connection that has limited local resources and typically no local administrative staff. Only critical services are typically provided locally; the general infrastructure and line-of-business services are provided from a data center location.

Designing a branch office virtualization solution involves minimizing the cost of the solution, making it easy to manage and monitor remotely, minimizing the WAN impacts, and providing a way to manage the system in the event of a WAN outage.

Host Design Considerations

Most branch office scenarios involve fewer than five virtual machines running on a single Hyper-V server. This configuration reduces the ...

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