Best Practices:
Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 R2 Networking

Specific guidance for network setting configuration on Windows Server 2012 R2 on Nutanix with Hyper-V in different scenarios.

The Nutanix Enterprise Cloud is a highly scalable, converged compute and storage platform designed for virtual environments, including Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2. The network is a critical part of the Nutanix solution for ensuring storage high availability and performance. Nutanix can support networking traffic in a variety of ways, including in Nutanix storage, virtual machines, and Hyper-V management functions such as domain communications and live migration.

This best practices guide describes Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 R2 networking concepts and how they can be used in a Nutanix environment to ensure optimal performance and availability. It provides detailed recommended configuration settings for different Hyper-V networking options, including the use of SCVMM for managing the environment.

We particularly focus on:

  • Discussion of the networking features relevant to the Nutanix platform, including quality of service (QoS), PVLAN support, receive side scaling (RSS), virtual machine queue (VMQ), and extensibility by third parties.
  • Deployment models and support considerations when using these networking features.
  • A comprehensive architectural summary of the Nutanix default settings and recommendations for modifying them.