Setting Up a Virtual Network Lab with VMware Workstation and pfSense – Part 4 DNS and Active Directory

Now that we have a clean server install we can start adding roles for DNS and the Domain Controller. The first thing we must do is give the server a staticĀ IP address and a preferred DNS server. For the static IP I’ll use 192.168.10.10 and I’ll use a local DNS address of 127.0.0.1 since this server will act as the DNS server. Then reboot the server.

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Once we have our IP set up we can start by adding the DNS role to the server. From the Server Manager dashboard choose “Add roles and Features” to start the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

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Click next and under select installation type choose “Role based or feature based installation and click next.

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in the Select destination server screen you should see the static IP that you set earlier. Highlight the server and click next.

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Setting Up a Virtual Network Lab with VMware Workstation and pfSense – Part 3 the server

In part 3 of this tutorial I’ll set up a virtual Windows 2012 R2 server that will act as our DNS server, Domain Controller and a DHCP Server for our virtual private network. The server install is pretty straight forward and I won’t go into much detail. So here we go. First we’ll create another typical virtual machine.

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Once again choose to install the operating system later.

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Select Microsoft Windows version Windows Server 2012 for the operating system.

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Name the virtual machine and choose a location for it.

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