Deployment, PowerShell and System Administration

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 08: vCenter Server Setup

In this post we will create and install our vCenter server, which we will use to manage our virtual ESXi servers. Create the Virtual Machine Firstly, we need to create a New Virtual Machine.  The setup of this virtual machine closely matches the setup of the Domain Controller.  Below are the areas it differs from

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 06: Set Up Domain and Related Services

In this post, we will configure our server to host an Active Directory domain, and set up some related services. After you set up Windows 2008 on your server, it will log in automatically and open the Initial Configuration Tasks window. Configure Networking First off, we’ll configure the network, so click on Configure networking. You’ll

vSphere Lab-in-a-Box 05: Domain Controller Setup

The first virtual machine we will create will be the domain controller, which will also handle DHCP and DNS, running Windows 2008 R2 64-bit. Create Virtual Machine In the vSphere Client, go to the Virtual Machines tab, right-click and choose New Virtual Machine… I always choose to create a Custom virtual machine, as it gives