Setting Up a Virtual Network Lab with VMware Workstation and pfSense – Part 2 the client

In part 2 of this tutorial we’ll add a Windows 7 client to our virtual network. The client will be added to the Active Directory once that is set up in a future part of this tutorial. So lets create another virtual machine. Here we can accept the default “Typical (recommended)” radio button.

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We’ll install the operating system later.

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Select Microsoft Windows for operating system and Windows 7 x64 for the version.

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Name the client whatever you like, I named mine Windows 7 Client 01 and choose a location where you want to save this virtual machine.

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I’ll leave the maximum disk size at 60GB and split the disk into multiple files.

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Next, we need to customize the hardware of the virtual machine.

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I’ll change the network adapter to Custom and choose the VMnet11 that we created in part 1 of this tutorial.

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then we’ll drop the windows 7 install media into the dvd drive by selecting the “new CD/DVD” and then setting the “Use ISO image file:” to the location of the windows 7 iso image.

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we can now start our virtual machine and go through the standard procedure of installing a windows 7 machine. The following screen shots will show this sequence.

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choose language and keyboard layout
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Install windows now
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Setup is starting
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choose version of windows
accept license terms
accept license terms
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Choose partition where to install windows
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Installing…
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Add machine info
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set password if so desired
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set time and time zone
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set network location
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finish installing and reboot

Once windows is installed and rebooted we can run a ipconfig /all command from the cmd prompt and we’ll see that the machine can’t find a DNS server and isn’t receiving an IP from a DHCP server. We’ll set his up in a future part of this tutorial.

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Up next, we’ll set up the virtual server, stay tuned for part 3!

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