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To quickly set lab environment I use VPC 2007 (free download). It really saves me lots of time. For example, in order to set up environment to test impersonation, delegation, and protocol transition as described in Authentication Hub post I needed one machine for Active Directory domain (Windows Server 2003), one machine for development desktop (Windows XP), two machines as web servers (Windows Server 2003), I also set another Windows Server 2003 as Certificate Authority to issue certificates which I used in SOA, Strong Authentication, Standard Authorization - Cool Solution.
Here are the steps I have taken:
Now I have, Active Directory domain with two machine and similar procedure is needed to add more machines.
One thing that made me work hard while troubleshooting networking between the virtual machines is to make sure that VM’s have different MAC addresses.
Inside every machine run ipconfig /all and make sure Physical Address value is different for each machine:
If it is the same – change it opening VMC file which is simple XML file and change the value of <ethernet_card_address type="bytes">0003FF44337E</ethernet_card_address>. Your value may be other than 0003FF44337E.
After doing this I was able to set my environment and make my machines talk to each other.
Be aware of licensing and supportability issues described in NewSID v4.10 regarding copying images while utilizing NewSID.
Thanks for this information. I was looking exactly for this for sometime. One question - How do I go about configuring the machines inside the network to access the internet? For instance I need to install Orcas Express Editions the set up utility connects to microsoft site to download the required files. I would appreciate if you could provide some info on this.
I did not try to install Orcas so far. But i do not think you should experience any problem. Configure networking of the VM to use your actual network card and configure TCP/IP to obtain dynamic IP through DHCP. You should connect to Internet. I suggeest to take a look at http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy/, it is VPC dedicated blog. Do you have specific problems or anticipate some?
I have my lab network, my playground Active Directory Domain( more on it here - How I Setup Lab Domain
I am researching on best practices with WCF security in terms of "YOU SHOUD" vs "YOU CAN". While it is
My answer is "no" . I am working on solution where there is no Windows Active Directory Domain so we
My lab domain has MS CA installed in it so I am able to issue certificates to the left and to the right.