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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Then choose the disk capacity, I kept the defaults.

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no we need to customize the hardware and change the network adapter to use our custom virtual network we created in part 1 of this tutorial.

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now drop the windows server install media into the dvd drive by browsing to the iso image.

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We can now start the virtual machine and install the software. The following screens will show the install progress.

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Language and keyboard selection
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Install now
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Choose the version of the server (choose one with a GUI)
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Accept the license terms
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Choose custom install
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Select the partition to install to.
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Let the install happen
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Once installed choose an admin password and reboot.
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Once rebooted, send a Ctrl+Alt+Delete to the machine to get to the login screen.
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Log in with the admin password that you created
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Choose yes to automatically connect to devices on your network.
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Change name of sever to something meaningful (I chose Server01) and set the time and time zone.

We now have a brand new server. As you can see it cant find a DNS server and isn’t getting a proper IP address. I part 4 we will take care of this so stay tuned!

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