Part 2 – Installation of Operating Systems on VMs

In the previous section we learned how to create the initial lab environment. In this section we will install an operating system on the Virtual Machines.

Part 2 Installation of Operating Systems on VMs

Populating the VMware datastore

Load your operating system isos, sccm, sql, and other needed iso’s by connecting to the VMware datastore. Go to the configuration tab, storage, and right click to select browse datastore.

We will install the base operating systems for the Virtual Machine DC1.

Log on to vSphere Client. Select the DC1 VM and select edit virtual machine settings.

Edit VM

Edit VM

This is where we will link the ISO so that the virtual machine has something to boot up. Select the CD/DVD drive 1 icon, and select the option on the right for Datastore ISO file.

Preselect ISO

Preselect ISO

Select Browse, go to datastore1, and select the ISO to load Server 2012. Select Connect at power on and select OK, to make the changes.

ISO selected

ISO selected

Operating System Configuration

Now you can boot the Virtual Machine, You can either select the green arrow at the top left of the screen or select power on the virtual machine on the right hand column. Select Console to proceed with the installation. You will be greeted with the Server 2012 splash screen. Select Next to Continue.

Server 2012 Splash Screen

Server 2012 Splash Screen

Select Install Now at the next screen. Select Server 2012 Datacenter (Server with a GUI) but your licensing may only limit you to Server 2012 Standard. Select the operating system you wish to use (with a GUI preferred) and select Next.

OS selection

OS selection

Select I accept the license terms and select Next.

Licensing

Licensing

Select Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) as the drive has not yet been formatted.

Installation Type

We can define extra partitions for performance. We have no extra partitions so select Next. This is the last step in the Server 2012 install and the installation will begin after.

OS target

The installation may take some time depending on your hardware, and your resources. The installation is not yet complete.

You will receive a prompt to set a default password. It might be a good idea to write this password down, as you will use it every time you login to this Server. Once you have typed in your new password twice, select Finish.

Adding Password

Adding Password

Now login to the server. Since I am using VMware I need to use the combination CTRL+ALT+INSERT as CTRL+ALT+DELETE will only send that command to my host machine. Now type in your new password and select the blue icon to login.

First login

First login

You will be presented with your new environment. Server Manager will load and ask to add any roles or features. Select the document icon at the bottom of the screen.

documents

documents

On the black arrow next to libraries, select Control Panel.Now select System and Security.

System and Security

System and Security

Select System, and look at the computer name.

System selected

Since I am using an unconfigured ISO of server 2012 it generated a unique name. I will change the computer name to something I can use (such as DC1 to match the VM’s name).

You will want to select change settings on this dialog box. Select Change.

System Properties change

On computer name enter DC1. Select OK to apply.You will receive a prompt that lets you know a reboot needs to happen in order to make the change. Select Ok on this dialog box as well.

Change to DC1

Now select close on the previous box, and you will be prompted with the reboot box.

Reboot needed

Reboot needed

Select Restart Now.

Restart Now

Restart Now

Once the server comes back up it will now be named DC1. Log into the server, and go to the the Control panel, select System and Security, System, Remote Settings, and select Allow remote connection to this computer. This will immediately generate a prompt. 

remote connections 1

remote connections 1

Click OK to close this prompt. You can now manage the server using Remote Desktop. Click Apply and select Close.

remote connections2

Select OK

This concludes building the first Virtual Machine. Repeat the previous steps to build and later rename the server ConfigMgr, and also allow yourself the ability to remotely connect to it.

On to Part 3 – Installation of Active Directory Domain Services. 

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