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    I am brand new to VMware and am wondering if this is possible: I would like to setup a practice domain entirely in Virtual machines. I would like to have (at start) one Domain Controller (Server 200 and three Virtual machines tied to it all with the ability to communicate. My question is, is this possible? To have a Virtual domain. I appreciate any help with this, thank you very much.

  • #2
    Re: VMware workstation question

    Please, a little help.

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    • #3
      Re: VMware workstation question

      Yes, it's possible. It's the same as setting up a real domain. If you're going to use DHCP in the virtual domain make sure that the ip addressing scheme of the virtual domain doesn't conflict with your real domain. Other than that, there's nothing special that needs to be done.

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      • #4
        Re: VMware workstation question

        Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
        If you're going to use DHCP in the virtual domain make sure that the ip addressing scheme of the virtual domain doesn't conflict with your real domain
        And that the virtual network isn't directly connected to the physical network.
        Gareth Howells

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        • #5
          Re: VMware workstation question

          Originally posted by gforceindustries View Post
          And that the virtual network isn't directly connected to the physical network.
          I'm not sure why that would be a problem? I've got two different virtualized domains running on the same physical network using the same ip address range as my production network. I don't run DHCP in either of the virtualized domains, so there's never been any conflicts. I track ip address assignments with a spread sheet so I know what addresses are assigned where.

          Any insight on something I might be missing?

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          • #6
            Re: VMware workstation question

            Originally posted by joeqwerty View Post
            Any insight on something I might be missing?
            Yes - the fact that you don't run DHCP

            If you run 2 DHCP servers on the same physical network without any form of separation, with different IP ranges configured on each, you won't be able to easily control which DHCP server each client talks to. My point was in addition to the point you'd already made about using DHCP in the virtual environment
            Gareth Howells

            BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

            Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

            Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

            "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

            "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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            • #7
              Re: VMware workstation question

              True. Thanks for the reinforcement.

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              • #8
                Re: VMware workstation question

                No worries

                That's not to say that it can't be done - for instance, DHCP on Windows Server can with an add-in be configured to only deal out IP addresses to a pre-configured list of known clients. But it makes life so much more complex. Best just to avoid it and save the hassle
                Gareth Howells

                BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

                Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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                • #9
                  Re: VMware workstation question

                  I appreciate the reply's. This is for a home setup strictly for practicing purposes. There isn't a physical domain at play here. Everything will be done virtually.

                  Would it be better to install Server 2008 on the Host and the Operating Systems into VMs, or install Server 2008 and the OS's in VMs.

                  This is where I am getting stuck as to what is the best practice.

                  Thanks again.

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                  • #10
                    Re: VMware workstation question

                    I'd virtualise the DC too, if this is for a lab. The only time I would install VMs on a physical DC is if I were using Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V (while I have used Virtual Server and VMware Server before, I would avoid using those on a DC).
                    Gareth Howells

                    BSc (Hons), MBCS, MCP, MCDST, ICCE

                    Any advice is given in good faith and without warranty.

                    Please give reputation points if somebody has helped you.

                    "For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the Earth." (Exodus 9:15) - I could kill you with my thumb.

                    "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you." (Genesis 9:3) - For every animal you don't eat, I'm going to eat three.

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                    • #11
                      Re: VMware workstation question

                      Virtualize everything with VMware. If you run into a problem, we'll go from there.
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                      • #12
                        Re: VMware workstation question

                        Thanks guys. I bought VMWare Workstation today and my TechNet Subscription was also delivered today. I will begin building a Team this weekend to virtualize my test domain.

                        I will create a new post if I run into any problems.

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