We are planning to purchase nodes for the Hyper-V Cluster which will run on Windows Server 2019.

  • Which chipset you recommend for cluster 2019?
  • What is your recommendation for PCIe Cards?
  • Should all ports be through cards or we can use also onboard Ports?

Regarding the 10GB PCIe cards we decide that we should have 8 ports:

One team for management

One team for cluster network

One team for Live Migrations

and two separate card for iSCSI - MPIO

  • Any specific requirements required for Hyper-V?


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  • Btw. Regarding the 10GB PCIe cards we decide that we should have 8 ports: - GET A DUAL PORT !00G CARD - there are 4:1 breakout cables for 10G but then you can upgrade to something more modern. – TomTom Oct 22 at 19:48
  • You can’t upgrade 10Gb to anything more modern as 40Gb Ethernet is history already. It makes sense to invest into 25/50/100 Gb infrastructure only. – RiGiD5 Oct 24 at 11:33

You want something reliable and with RDMA support. I’d stick with some Mellanox CX4lc NICs. This is what Microsoft uses to power Azure networking.

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