Deployment, PowerShell and System Administration

MDT 2013 Guide 02: MDT Software Installation

This post will detail the installation of MDT itself and the prerequisite software required to implement it. Log onto the MDT server to perform the rest of the steps. Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) Run the setup file. Choose defaults for all the answers, apart from the features to install. Select only Deployment Tools

MDT 2013 Guide 01: Intro and Active Directory Setup

This will be a guide to installing MDT 2013 and using that to deploy Windows 8.1 to a workstation. The guide is intended to be a framework that can be customised for your specific organisation or home lab. All the machines I reference (both servers and workstations) are virtual machines running on a single VMware

Role Based Access Control

If you’ve worked as a Systems Administrator for any length of time, you’ve had a few (if not all) of the following queries come across your desk: Provide a list of everything that Joe can access Who has access to delete items in all the meeting room calendars? We have a new starter, please give

Replicating Linux’s “cd -” in PowerShell

As I continue to use PowerShell as my everyday shell, I miss a few shortcuts from Linux, most of all “cd -“, which allowed me to go back to my previous directory. So I set out to replicate this functionality in PowerShell (or at least see if someone else had done so already). Turns out

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 14: vMotion Tests

In this post, we will use vMotion to move the DC02 server between the two virtual ESXi servers and between the iSCSI and NFS datastores. Move Server to New Host Open the vSphere Client and locate the “dc02” server.  Right-click on the server and choose Migrate… Leave the Migration Type on Change host.  Click Next.

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 13: Set up Secondary Domain Controller

In this post we’ll set up a secondary domain controller on a virtual ESXi server and move it to the other virtual ESXi server using vMotion. Enable Nested VMs on the Virtual ESXi servers Since we will be running nested VMs on these virtual ESXi servers, we need to enable the SSH service and then

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 12: Set up NFS

In this post we will configure the OpenFiler server for NFS and connect the virtual ESXi servers to it. Configure OpenFiler Open the web interface and go to Services.  Click Enable next to NFSv3 server. Go to Volumes.  Click on Block Devices on the right, then click on /dev/sdc. Scroll down and click on the

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 11: Set up iSCSI

In this post, we will set up the OpenFiler VM as an iSCSI target for the virtual ESXi servers, and connect the virtual ESXi servers to it. Configure OpenFiler Log into your OpenFiler server via the web interface.  Go to Services and click Enable next to iSCSI target server. Go to System and scroll down

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 10: Set up OpenFiler NAS

This post will run through the initial configuration of the OpenFiler appliance, to provide some shared storage for the virtual ESXi servers. Importing the VMware Appliance: If you haven’t done so already, download the OpenFiler v2.3 VMware appliance and extract it.  It will extract 3 files to a folder called openfiler-2.3-x86. Open the vSphere Client

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 09: vCenter Server Configuration

This post will describe the initial configuration of the vCenter Server, which will be used to manage the virtual ESXi servers. Connecting and Adding Hosts On the vCenter server, open the vSphere Client.  Enter the FQDN of your vCenter server, and tick Use Windows session credentials, before clicking Login. When the Security Warning pops up,