Creating vSphere 5.5 Virtual Lab Environment – Part 3

Step 4 – Preparing DC

  1. Create a new Virtual Machine, and then Select Windows 2008 R2 Server ISO. You will be asked for Key and Administrator Name, then enter then accordingly or leave the key blank if you do not have one.
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  2. Name Virtual Machine such as DC1. Then Next.
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  3. Keep the default CPU and Memory Setting, 1 vCPU and 512MB Memory is fine for DC. then Next.
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  4. Select “User network address translation (NAT)” option for Network.
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  5. Keep all other settings as default, then Power On this VM. It will automatically install OS for you.

Step 5 – Preparing vCenter Server

  1. Create a new Virtual Machine, and then Select Windows 2008 R2 Server ISO. You will be asked for Key and Administrator Name, then enter then accordingly or leave the key blank if you do not have one.
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  2. Name Virtual Machine such as VC1. Then Next.
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  3. Keep the default CPU and Memory Setting, 1 vCPU and 4GB Memory. then Next.
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  4. Select “User network address translation (NAT)” option for Network.
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  5. Keep all other settings as default, then Power On this VM. It will automatically install OS.

Step 6 – Configuring DC

  1. Assign a static IP Address and Hostname to DC, refer to the Diagram in Part 1 for IP Address.
    IP Address : 192.168.xxx.100
    Subnet Mask : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway : 192.168.xxx.254 (Refer to Part 1)
    DNS : 127.0.0.1
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  2. Give Host Name to DC VM.
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  3. Make sure that DC has static IP Address and Host name.
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  4. Make sure that Administrator account has password configured. If Administrator account does not have password configured, then configure password for Administrator account from Server Manager.
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  5. Decide the domain name to use. In this instruction, I used lab.lan.
  6. Add Active Directory Domain Service Role
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  7. After Active Directory Domain Server is installed, start Active Directory Domain Service Installation Wizard (DCPROMO).
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  8. Follow the Active Directory Domain Service Installation Wizard.
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  9. Reboot.
  10. After the DC is rebooted, enter the the following command to make use of DNS Server.
    dnscmd /config /enableednsprobes 0

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  11. Now your DC is ready.

Step 7 – Configure vCenter

  1. Assign a static IP Address and Hostname to vCenter Server OS, refer to the Diagram in Part 1 for IP Address.
    IP Address : 192.168.xxx.120
    Subnet Mask : 255.255.255.0
    Default Gateway : 192.168.xxx.254 (Refer to Part 1)
    DNS : 192.168.xxx.252
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  2. Join to AD that you created at Step 6, and Reboot.
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  3. Verify that vCenter Server VM has correct network settings.
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  4. You vCenter server is ready to install vSphere.

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