Network Recommendations for a Hyper-V Cluster in Windows Server 2012

First published on TECHNET on Jan 19, 2014

We recently published a TechNet document

which provides guidance on configuring your for a in 2012.

A snip of the summary from the document:

2012 supports the concept of converged networking, where different types of traffic share the same Ethernet infrastructure. In previous versions of , the typical recommendation for a was to dedicate separate physical network adapters to different traffic types. Improvements in Windows Server 2012, such as Hyper-V QoS and the ability to add virtual network adapters to the management operating system enable you to consolidate the network traffic on fewer physical adapters. Combined with traffic isolation methods such as VLANs, you can isolate and control the network traffic.

There are some major improvements from the Windows Server 2008 R2


and there is a lot of emphasis on converged networking. The document also provides a practical example which isolates different kinds of traffic and assigns bandwidth ‘weight'.


This article was originally published by Microsoft's Virtualization Blog. You can find the original article here.