We currently run a Hyper-V server on a non-domain W2008 server, and are looking to build a failover solution. Because all the (6-10) VM guests are linuxes, and our datacenter space is 90% non windows, we have never felt the need for AD domains etc.
My initial plan is a second server (either W2008R2 or W2012 standard), running Hyper-V server.
There is no shared storage / SAN in place.
The VM's are pretty static - portals and web servers, with database located elsewhere, off the VMs, and so we could reasonably easily cope with week-old backups copies regularly from master VM to secondary VM.
Option 1 is the above setup - if VM Server goes bang, spin up the copies on secondary.
Option 2 is implement Failover Cluster, so if VM Server goes down, VM Secondary will just take over
I would really appreciate some advice on the way forwards with this - the more I read the more confused I get.