Before I get started telling you about server 2012 installation and configuration, there are a couple of things I need to let you know. First, I need to let you know that the version of server 2012 I'm using for this course is the Datacenter version of the operating system. This can make a difference to you if you are using a different version of server 2012. However, the only difference should be that, occasionally, I may have some additional options on my screen that you won't. This won't matter for this course because the additional options will not be used.
I just don't want to cause any confusion if you see a few additional options on my screen that are not on your system. I also need to let you know that I'll be using Release 2 of the operating system to teach you how to install and configure Server 2012. The reason it's important to know what release I'm using is because Release 2 behaves slightly differently than Release 1. If you're using Release 1 on your system, you will notice the difference. If that happens, don't worry, most things will still be the same once we get everything going.
For our purposes, the differences aren't significant enough to change how the operating system works or the way things are installed.
Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.
- Installing Windows Server 2012
- Installing VirtualBox drivers
- Configuring server roles
- Configuring services
- Configuring disk and file systems
- Using alternative administration methods
Skill Level Beginner
Q: Why can't I get my servers to talk to each other when I attempt to add a standalone computer virtual machine (VM) to my domain VM in VirtualBox?
A: Check the following settings if you are having this problem.
- Are your VMs' network adapters set to host-only?
- Do all your VMs have the correct IP address?
- Do all your VMs have the default gateway set to the same IP address of the host-only adapter in your domain controller VM?
- Is your DHCP server set up to manage the same IP address range of the IP address you are attempting to manually enter into your standalone server's VM?