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Building Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual Domain Controller on Hyper-V host - Part 2 - Installing DC as a Virtual Machine

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we need these DCs for our Hyper-V cluster that we are using in our Cloud series.

Hyper-V VM installation

In the previous article we discussed how to configure hardware for our first virtual machines that will be our Domain Controllers. Now we have to install them.

In the previous article I forgot to add the optical drive so please add it.

Change the boot order.

And install …

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Building Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual Domain Controller on Hyper-V host - Part 1 - Create and configure virtual machine

This article is not part of the Building Microsoft System Center Cloud series but we will need these DCs for our Hyper-V cluster that we are using in our Cloud series.

Now it is a good time to deploy VMs that will be our DCs. These VMs will not be highly-available (clustered) and the VMs will be located on the local disks. At the end of this article I will explain why I chose this configuration.

How admins built DCs in the past (Windows Server 2000 era)

I decided to do something crazy …

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Hyper-V hosts with Windows Server 2012 R2 installation - Part 2 - Configuration of the Hyper-V hosts

This article is not part of the System Center Cloud series but we will use the these servers as our Hyper-V hosts.

Naming convention

We should continue and set names of the new servers.

The nodes will be named: conthostclu0n0

cont - Our fictional company is Contoso

host - It will be Hyper-V host

clu0 - It will be part of the cluster no. 0

n0 - It will be cluster node no. 0

PowerShell: Rename-Computer -NewName conthostclu0n0 -Restart -Force

Disk …

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Hyper-V hosts with Windows Server 2012 R2 installation - Part 1 - Physical servers installation - HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8

This article is not part of the System Center Cloud series but we will use the these servers as our Hyper-V hosts.

Introduction

Very probably you do not have the same hardware so skip this part if you want.

Update firmware (BIOS for those who do not have EFI / UEFI)

You should always start with EFI or UEFI firmware or BIOS updating process. This will give you the best possible HW and SW support. Of course in the case that you will not be affected by bug like I was.

HP is giving us …

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Building Microsoft System Center Cloud - Introduction

I decided that my company team members need to have lab to play with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2. This should not be a stage environment but only a sandbox where they can play.

Design

This lab will be probably one of the most basic designs I ever did because we will mostly focus on the technology. When you want to do some enterprise design you have to focus to the business and model your design according its needs. In the environment that we will build together we will focus on& …

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